My Katherine Mansfield Project | Kirsty Gunn
In 2009, Kirsty Gunn returned to spend the winter in her hometown of Wellington, New Zealand, also the place where Katherine Mansfield grew up. In this exquisitely written “notebook,” which blends memoir, biography, and essay, Gunn records that winter-long experience and the unparalleled insight it allowed her into Mansfield’s fiction. Gunn explores the idea of home and belonging—and of the profound influence of Mansfield’s work on her own creative journey. She asks whether it is even possible to “come home”—and who are we when we get there?
“My Katherine Mansfield Project is a book to be treasured by anyone who has left home and moved away… [it] is an enchanting – and at times haunting – essay, as well as a moving tribute to Mansfield. The publisher, Notting Hill Editions, specializes in ‘reinvigorating the essay as a literary form’, and Kirsty Gunn’s offering is a triumph of the genre. The book is also a lovely object, stitched with red ribbon, and with a dove-grey cloth cover stamped with striking white-and-red print. Inside, the page numbers are red and chapter titles have red embellishments. It is a tribute to the book as art form; for once, one really can judge a book by its beautifully produced cover.”
—Gerri Kimber, The Times Literary Supplement
Published by Notting Hill Editions
Nov 15, 2016 | 148 Pages | 4-3/4 x 7-1/2 | ISBN 9781910749043