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Prolific and widely renowned, Eileen Myles is a trailblazer whose decades of literary and artistic work “set a bar for openness, frankness, and variability few lives could ever match” (New York Review of Books). This newest book paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of a beloved confidant: the pit bull called Rosie.

In 1990, Myles chose Rosie from a litter on the street, and their connection instantly became central to the writer’s life and work. During the course of their sixteen years together, Myles was madly devoted to the dog’s well-being, especially in her final days. Starting from the emptiness following Rosie’s death, Afterglow launches a heartfelt and fabulist investigation into the true nature of the bond between pet and pet owner. Through this lens, we witness Myles’ experiences with intimacy and spirituality, celebrity and politics, alcoholism and recovery, fathers and family history, as well as the fantastical myths we spin to get to the heart of grief.

Moving from an imaginary talk show where Rosie is interviewed by Myles’ childhood puppet to a critical reenactment of the night Rosie mated with another pit bull, from lyrical transcriptions of their walks to Rosie’s enlightened narration from the afterlife, Afterglow illuminates all that it can mean when we dedicate our existence to a dog.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A ravishingly strange and gorgeous book about a dog that’s really about life and everything there is, Afterglow is a truly astonishing creation.”

    Helen Macdonald, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Part elegy, part meditation, part performance art…poignant, sweeping.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Unflinching but also irrepressibly humorous. [Myles’] grief at losing Rosie is profound; it is also a revelation…Myles possesses, in abundance, two qualities of the highest value for a writer, irreverence and relentless curiosity, and here both are on full display…By turns playful, heartfelt, wise, compassionate, fantastical, and audaciously confessional.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Fantastical…wrenching….obsession becomes a way to process grief.”

    Rolling Stone

  • Afterglow is a mutt elegy in a million…Myles gets at something no other dog book I’ve read has gotten at quite this distinctly: The sense of wordless connection and spiritual expansion you feel when you love and are loved by a creature who’s not human…Raw and affecting, and…utterly original.”

    NPR’s Fresh Air

  • “You’ll laugh, and you’ll cry, yes, but you’ll also think hard, as you work to pull together the many disparate, cosmic, and charming notions Myles sets forth…with quicksilver intellect and whimsy fully engaged…[Afterglow is] wry, far-flung, and wonderfully loving.”

    Boston Globe

  • "[A] sincere elegiac reflection on a life shared with another being.”

    Vice

  • “Myles’s tender, trippy, deep, yet humanely silly new gift to the world.”

    Brad Gooch, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Rich, original, witty, and tonally brilliant. It is the darting asides, the phrasing and the subplots…that give pure, sheer constant pleasure.”

    Colm Tóibín, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Wildly inventive and just plain wild, feral, even, Eileen Myles’ dazzling Afterglow is about a dog, and her owner, and everything else in life, and also death, too.”

    Jami Attenberg, New York Times bestselling author

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About the Author

Eileen Myles is the author of more than twenty volumes of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, libretti, plays, and performance pieces over the last three decades. Their books include Chelsea Girls and I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems 1975–2014. Their many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Art Writers’ Grant, a Lambda Book Award, the Clark Prize for Excellence in Art Writing, and the Shelley Prize from the Poetry Society of America. They teach at New York University and Naropa University.