How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

From the author of The Queen of the Night, an essay collection exploring his education as a man, writer, and activist—and how we form our identities in life and in art.

As a novelist, Alexander Chee has been described as “masterful” by Roxane Gay, “incomparable” by Junot Díaz, and “incendiary” by the New York Times. With How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, his first collection of nonfiction, he’s sure to secure his place as one of the finest essayists of his generation as well.
 
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is the author’s manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. He examines some of the most formative experiences of his life and the nation’s history, including his father’s death, the AIDS crisis, 9/11, the jobs that supported his writing—Tarot-reading, bookselling, cater-waiting for William F. Buckley—the writing of his first novel, Edinburgh, and the election of Donald Trump.
 
By turns commanding, heartbreaking, and wry, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel asks questions about how we create ourselves in life and in art, and how to fight when our dearest truths are under attack.

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    How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays Reviews

  • Michael

    Conversational, but thoughtful, Alexander Chee’s collection of personal essays consistently demonstrates an interest in empathy, in earnestly engaging with the world. Chee moves at a measured pace i...

  • Jessica Woodbury

    I do not read many books of essays even though I read a lot of essays online. There's a big difference between reading one personal essay and reading over a dozen by the same person, there are not man...

  • Manuel Betancourt

    I don’t think I’ll read a more passionate defense (and excoriation) of the practice of writing. Wrestling with what it means to write and to be a writer, Chee has gifted us with a collection of es...

  • Carolee Wheeler

    Breathe in this sadness, kindness, compassion, pain, and uncertainty. Breathe out. Breathe in. This is a beautiful collection. ...

  • Abdal

    I'm now emotionally invested in making sure our planet makes it to (April) 2018.Oct 24/: Love the cover art. Feels like confirmation that we've got an instant classic on our hands, girls....

  • Kevin Bertolero

    "I wanted to write a novel that would take a reader by the collar and run. And yet I was drawn to writing stories in which nothing happened."lol same bro...

  • Dominique

    "...writing fiction is an exercise in giving a shit — an exercise in finding out what you really care about.Simply, this book is something to marvel at. A collection of essays that will warm your he...

  • Tiffany Reisz

    Wonderful and unexpected. I'm going to make all my writing students read this one. Thank you, Mr. Chee!...

  • Katie Devine

    More so than any recent book I can remember, Alexander Chee's How To Write An Autobiographical Novel has changed the way I read, the way I think, and hopefully, the way I write. This is a must-read fo...

  • Vivek Tejuja

    It isn’t easy to write a book of essays that charts life. And when you come across a work that is so lucid, questions the world and has so many identities rolled into itself, that you just have to s...