A Memoir

Miriam Levine


“Graceful tales that make ordinary life extraordinary . . . made of sentences so nearly perfect that they take your breath away.”
Boston Sunday Globe

“Creates a gallery of portraits with ghostly vision, guts, and candor . . . Devotion is a splendid book—it will not only make you embrace the author and her family, warts and all, but will awaken and redeem your own memories.”
Jewish Community News

More / Hide


To Miriam Levine, “devotion” implies love and self-creation; to her mother’s generation, it meant martyrdom and self-denial. The domain of this memoir is the interval between those attitudes. Devotion is the expression of a sensibility that trusts the physical—a facet of women’s existence that is at once ennobling and primary, transcendent and spiritual. Affirming her deep connection to people, Levine draws from a rich expanse of memories, misgivings, epiphanies, and associations to tell of the adventures and dangers of her emergence as a woman writer.

Page count: 252 pp.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5


List price: $24.95

buy button
View Shopping Cart

Miriam Levine is the author of four poetry collections, most recently The Dark Opens, winner of the 2007 Autumn House Poetry Prize. She is also the author of a novel, In Paterson, and A Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England.