My first book, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, will be released by Tin House on February 4, 2020. You can pre-order a signed copy from Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe, NM. Read an excerpt from the book in O, the Oprah Magazine.
“In lucid, distilled, honest prose, Jenn Shapland teaches us about McCullers, the desire for recognition, loneliness, the complexities of queer history, the seductions and resistances of the archive, and, all throughout, love.”
- Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts
“Gorgeous, symphonic, tender, and brilliant, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers is a monumental achievement. In this genre-bending work of nonfiction, Shapland brings the full weight of her intellect to bear on one of literature’s most important questions: How do queer readers find the truth―and themselves―between the lines?”
- Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties
“You don’t have to be a Carson McCullers fan to admire this remarkable book. It’s a biography that’s also a memoir, a story of obsession and longing. Captivating and trenchant and moving, Shapland’s genre-mixing debut will stay with me a long time.”
- R.O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries
“You do not need to be a queer woman, a lover of Carson McCuller's fiction, or interested in the mysterious junctures between our own lives and those of our favorite artists to love this book, but for those of us who are those things, Jenn Shapland's memoir is a particular trove of delights. My favorite biographies are full of historical literary gossip and interested in the shadow selves of public persons. My favorite memoirs are those that scrutinize the self as an unreliable source of narrative truth and the one we must nonetheless rely upon. My Autobiography of Carson McCullers manages to do all of this in earnest and honest and riveting vignettes. It is a detective story and a dissection of selfhood, a puzzle every piece of which pleased me as it clicked into place.”
- Melissa Febos, author of Abandon Me and Whip Smart
“Jenn Shapland’s My Autobiography of Carson McCullers is indeed part autobiography, part criticism, part memoir, and 100% human, reminding us of how books and writers can take our hands and lead us to uncover the mystery of our hearts. I’ve never read a book quite like it.”
- Ann Hood
Signed copies are available for pre-order through Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe, NM.
You can also pre-order My Autobiography of Carson McCullers at your local independent bookstore, or from:
IndieBound / Powell’s / Amazon / Barnes & Noble