Book Launch: Jill Ciment, CONSENT: A Memoir

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

In conversation with Ann Patty.

“Few writers can tackle the bedroom—or female libido . . . but Ciment is a master: in exquisitely spare prose, she nails it.” — The New York Times

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Jill CimentCONSENT: A Memoir by Jill CimentAnn Patty

In this unflinching account of the ardent love affair between the author and her painting teacher, which began in the 1970s, when she was a teenager and he was married with two children, Ciment not only reflects on how their love ignited (who leaned in first for that kiss?) but interrogates her 1996 memoir on the subject, Half a Life. She asks herself if she told the whole truth back then, and what truth looked like to her in the even longer-ago era of love-bead curtains when she fell in love, when no one asked who was served by the permissibility around a May-December romance. In the light of #metoo, with new understanding about the balance of power between an older man and an underage girl, Ciment re-explores the erotic wild ride and intellectual flowering that shaped an improbable but blissful marriage that lasted for forty-five years, until her husband’s death at ninety-three.


Jill Ciment is the author, most recently, of the novel The Body in Question (a New York Times Notable Book), has been the recipient of numerous honors, among them a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Ciment, a professor emeritus at the University of Florida, was born in Montreal, Canada; she now lives in Gainesville and New York City.

Ann Patty is the author of Living With a Dead Language. She has worked in New York trade publishing for more than thirty years. Ann was the founder and publisher of The Poseidon Press and an executive editor at Crown Publishers and Harcourt. She lives in Rhinebeck, New York.


Oblong Books in Rhinebeck is a fully wheelchair accessible space with on-site van accessible parking. Microphones and speakers will not be used at this event but can be made available with advance notice. Our chairs are stackable and have arms. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us: info@oblongbooks.com


 

Consent: A Memoir By Jill Ciment Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593701065
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Published: Pantheon - June 11th, 2024

The Body in Question: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Jill Ciment Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - May 19th, 2020

Heroic Measures (Vintage Contemporaries) By Jill Ciment Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - June 1st, 2010

Act of God: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Jill Ciment Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804169707
Published: Vintage - March 22nd, 2016

LAW OF FALLING BODIES By Jill Ciment Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501123832
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 2nd, 2015

The Tattoo Artist: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Jill Ciment Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - October 17th, 2006

Half a Life: A Memoir By Jill Ciment Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385488914
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Published: Anchor - August 18th, 1997