We Take Me Apart

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    We are very honoured to republish Molly Gaudry’s We Take Me Apart, this hauntingly beautiful verse novella originally released by defunct-but-not-forgotten MudLuscious Press. For those of you who missed your chance the first time around, despair not! In fact, celebrate! This re-release is but the first of many books we are planning to publish in the coming years.

    We Take Me Apart was shortlisted for the 2011 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry and named 2nd finalist for the Asian American Literary Award for Poetry. More importantly, though: this is one of our favourite books, and we’re excited to make it available again.

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Beloved by:

Ampersand Books
"Gaudry's mastery of language, [her] use of . . . silence, the wet white space around the burn of language, reads at times as if a character from Beckett had crawled or hobbled into a fairy tale--the kind of Beckett character that keeps his or her silence, only to suddenly wax eloquent in manic bursts."
Ampersand Books
"There is no more perfect place to be than in Molly Gaudry's tender, dirt-floored novella, We Take Me Apart. Oh cabbage leaves, oh roses, oh orange-slice childhood grins: this book broke my heart. Its sad memory-tropes come from fairy tales and childhood books. With language, Gaudry is as loving and careful as one is with a matchbook . . . when wishing to set the whole world on fire."
Ampersand Books
"Molly Gaudry's debut evokes the spirit of iconic fairy tales that have transported readers for centuries. Her variations on these themes delineate the psychological journey from girlhood to womanhood. But We Take Me Apart is more than a retelling. In it, Gaudry reconstitutes the essence of what makes fairy tales compelling, and she does so imaginatively and with great attention to language, the earmarks of poetry."
Ampersand Books
"In Molly Gaudry's novella in verse, We Take Me Apart, the ordinary becomes mythical, what may be autobiographical becomes fable, and simple lines or sentences ring with ominous music. Even the empty space between the lines seems to resonate with invisible narrative. A stunning debut."
Ampersand Books
"Entwining the trance that is childhood around the hallucination that constitutes adulthood, Molly Gaudry's We Take Me Apart is a bewitching and carefully barbed tale. A cross between silence and a fairy tale, Gaudry's Beckettian narrative sews bright bits to near-faint whispers, slowly swaddling us in quiet and darkness."
Ampersand Books
"Molly Gaudry's We Take Me Apart works "thread into lace" . . . especially vivid in this book-length work is the mother's entrance and exit, where the ragged lines swell and turn sonnet-like with love."

Details:

ISBN: 978-0-9887328-8-9
Paperback
110 pages
February, 2014

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Ampersand Books
"An epic poem of epic mastery, We Take Me Apart centers on a girl who grows into a woman who grows into a heroine."
Ampersand Books
"Gaudry's work implies that life, at its most essential, is the memory of love, hope, and the rooms it has occupied. . . . We Take Me Apart is an exercise in empathy for the reader. It is pure song and story. This book is a gift."
Ampersand Books
"Molly Gaudry must have revised this gem of a novella over and over and over to get the wording, the rhythms, the images, etc. just so. . . . Not a word is out of place, nothing is missing, no extra words are added. Molly Gaudry has worked this section, and every other section in the book, to the very essence of what is necessary to capture her readers and not let them go."
Ampersand Books
"[Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian] is famous for its poetic prose and unflinching violence, but there's a void of femininity. . . . Enter Molly Gaudry. . . . [Her] prose, steeped in poetry as much as McCarthy's, spirals upward, elevating and exploding. The creators and destroyers, the beautiful and the gory, and the mythical and contemporary all thrive in balance."
Ampersand Books
"If you consider her novella poetry, then it borrows much from prose. And if you see it as prose, it allows for a poetic flavor. Gaudry walks this line with great poise and in that poise we find her greatest strength as a writer."
Ampersand Books
"A Molly Gaudry word is so precise, it feels like a sentence."

About the Author:

Molly+Gaudry+UTMolly Gaudry is the author of Desire: A Haunting and We Take Me Apart, which was shortlisted for the PEN/Osterweil and 2nd finalist for the Asian American Award for Poetry. She teaches at the Yale Writers’ Conference.