Meghan O'Rourke





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Meghan O’Rourke is the author The Long Goodbye: A Memoir (Riverhead Books, 2011), and the poetry collections Once (W. W. Norton, 2011) and Halflife (W. W. Norton, 2007). A former literary editor of Slate and poetry editor of The Paris Review, she has published essays and poems in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Best American Poetry, and other venues. She is the recipient of the 2008 May Sarton Award for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She splits her time between Brooklyn, NY, where she grew up, and Marfa, TX.

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The Long Goodbye

3.87 avg rating — 2,126 ratings — published 2011 — 14 editions
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Halflife: Poems

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Once: Poems

3.70 avg rating — 97 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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Kenyon Review Summer 2010

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“Relationships take up energy; letting go of them, psychiatrists theorize, entails mental work. When you lose someone you were close to, you have to reassess your picture of the world and your place in it. The more your identity was wrapped up with the deceased, the more difficult the loss.”
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“Sometimes you don't even know what you want until you find out you can't have it.”
Meghan O'Rourke, The Long Goodbye

“What had happened still seemed implausible. A person was present your entire life, and then one day she disappeared and never came back. It resisted belief.”
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