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And the Heart Says Whatever

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780349004426

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In her searing collection of essays, Emily Gould – writer, journalist and former editor at Gawker.com – tells the truth about becoming an adult in New York City in the twenty-first century, surrounded by bartenders, bloggers, socialites and bankers.

Touching on failure, success, love, lust, work, and what it’s like to leave one life behind to begin another one, these essays are for everyone who ever had a job she wished she didn’t, felt inchoate ambition sour into resentment, ended a relationship, regretted a decision, or told a secret to exactly the wrong person. In piercing, candid, witty prose, Gould decodes the new challenges of our post-private lives and the age-old intricacies of the human heart.


And the Heart Says Whatever comes by its anger and melancholy honestly, and it makes sense of much that is puzzling about our cultural moment
Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections and Freedom
These smart, poignant essays about being young and literary in New York City are like a twenty-first-century version of The Bell Jar but with more pot, sex, technology, and (thank goodness) a different ending
Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep and American Wife
In this limpid, poetic elegy to the New York of her twenties, Emily Gould proves a sharp and feeling observer of her generation. Honest, gorgeously rendered, and occasionally brutal
Amy Sohn, author of Prospect Park West