2:12 a.m.
Essays
Literary Non-Fiction - Women's Studies
6 x 9, 170 pp.
Pub Date: 09/24/2013
  paper
Price:        $20.00

978-1-62288-039-3

Published by Stephen F. Austin University Press
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Finalist for the 2013 ForeWord Book of the Year Award in Essays (Adult Nonfiction)

2:12 a.m.

Essays

Kat Meads

2:12 a.m. is an insomniac’s tour of counterproductive bedtime stories, Vegas weddings, Southern funerals, Nevada’s nuclear testing grounds, Patty Hearst, Marina Oswald, sleepwalking murderers, Louise Bourgeois’s Insomnia Drawings and more, revealing what wakeful nights conjure for a North Carolinian turned Californian, a farm child turned suburbanite, a 1960s romantic turned fatalist and a once-but-no-longer “gifted” sleeper.

The collection, comprised of Best American Essays notables, Pushcart Prize nominees and the winner of Drunken Boat’s Editors’ Choice nonfiction award, mixes the strictly autobiographical with voice-driven reportage and includes essays that are factual, meditative, investigatory and lyrical to take full advantage of the versatility of the form. 2:12 a.m. is a book for all who revisit the past and brood on the future—a book about the dislocations of contemporary life, the hauntings of memory, and the perennial search, late night or otherwise, for meaning in existence.

KAT MEADS has published multiple volumes of poetry, fiction, and essays throughout her career. Her works have appeared in such prestigious literature magazines as The Southern Review. Meads is currently part of the Oklahoma City University's Red Earth MFA faculty.

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