A Lover's Quarrel: On Writing and the Writing Life

A Lover's Quarrel is "...by turns a diary, a reading journal, and a meditation on the creative process." Collecting Thomas Farber's nonfiction on writing and the writing life (including all of Compared to What?), A Lover's Quarrel contains this gifted author's meditation on his vocation. Anatomist, ironist, and moralist, Farber achieves effects of luminous integrity with deceptively simple means. A gift to writers who seek to understand what informs or haunts their metier, A Lover's Quarrel is also for any readers whose lives have been shaped-or saved-by story.

Critical Praise

"...an amiable and lively account...Allusive, anecdotal...also admirably unsententious."

--The New York Times

"It's like listening to a preternaturally articulate, well-read, inventive person think aloud...by turns a diary, a reading journal..."

--Phyllis Rose, author of The Year of Reading Proust: A Memoir in Real Time

"...pieces of verbal lacery stitched together into a balanced, lovely, delicately patterned whole."

--Kirkus Reviews