Kathryn Harrison’s new book “Enchantments” is such a joy to read, but why would that surprise anyone, considering she has written so many great books that have not only had her on the NY Times Bestseller List, but also her memoir “The Kiss” was one of the most powerful and moving books I have ever read, chronicling a love triangle that developed involving her young mother, her father, and herself. She has become one of America’s most gifted and admired literary voices and ‘The Kiss” described her father’s seduction of her when she was twenty and their incestuous involvement, which persisted for four years and is reflected in the plots and themes of her first three novels, published before The Kiss. In The New York Times Book Review writer and memoirist Susan Cheever wrote of the book, “The story of an intellectually powerful man and his consuming desire to ravish an innocent, almost preconscious, young woman (sometimes his daughter) has often been told—Zeus, Lewis Carroll and Humbert Humbert come to mind—but Kathryn Harrison turns up the volume, making this ancient immorality tale a struggle between good and evil, between life and death, between God and the Devil.” In The New York Times critic Christopher Lehmann-Haupt called the memoir “appalling but beautifully written”
Kathryn Harrison is the author of the novels ENCHANTMENTS, ENVY, THE SEAL WIFE, THE BINDING CHAIR, POISON, EXPOSURE, and THICKER THAN WATER. She has also written memoirs, THE KISS and THE MOTHER KNOT, a travel memoir, THE ROAD TO SANTIAGO, a biography, SAINT THERESE OF LISIEUX, a collection of personal essays, SEEKING RAPTURE, and a work of true crime, WHILE THEY SLEPT: AN INQUIRY INTO THE MURDER OF A FAMILY, and is a frequent reviewer for THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW; her essays, which have been included in many anthologies, have appeared in THE NEW YORKER, HARPER’S MAGAZINE, VOGUE, O MAGAZINE, MORE, TIN HOUSE, ZOETROPE ALL-STORY, and other publications.
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the brilliant author to talk about her new book “Enchanments” and the final days of Russia’s Romanov Empire…It is an absolutely wonderful book written by such a gifted and artistic storytelling mind, so make sure to pick it up..On a personal note, it was such an honor to be able to sit down with Kathryn because of how much I admire her courage in telling her story, so enjoy Kade Nation!!