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And the Heart Says Whatever

Emily Gould

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Prose: non-fiction, Literary essays

In a series of acutely observed, perceptive and acclaimed essays, Emily Gould tells the truth about what it's like to become an adult in New York City in the twenty-first century.

In her searing collection of essays, Emily Gould - writer, journalist and former editor at - tells the truth about becoming an adult in New York City in the twenty-first century, surrounded by bartenders, bloggers, socialites and bankers.

Touching on failure, success, love, lust, work, and what it's like to leave one life behind to begin another one, these essays are for everyone who ever had a job she wished she didn't, felt inchoate ambition sour into resentment, ended a relationship, regretted a decision, or told a secret to exactly the wrong person. In piercing, candid, witty prose, Gould decodes the new challenges of our post-private lives and the age-old intricacies of the human heart.

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Praise for And the Heart Says Whatever

  • These smart, poignant essays about being young and literary in New York City are like a twenty-first-century version of The Bell Jar but with more pot, sex, technology, and (thank goodness) a different ending - Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep and American Wife

  • And the Heart Says Whatever comes by its anger and melancholy honestly, and it makes sense of much that is puzzling about our cultural moment - Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections and Freedom

  • In this limpid, poetic elegy to the New York of her twenties, Emily Gould proves a sharp and feeling observer of her generation. Honest, gorgeously rendered, and occasionally brutal - Amy Sohn, author of Prospect Park West

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Emily Gould

Emily Gould is an author, journalist and the co-founder of a feminist publishing startup, Emily Books, which sells titles via a subscription model. She has written extensively for publications including the New York Times, London Review of Books, Guardian, The Economist, Slate and Jezebel, and since 2005 has run a popular blog at Her debut novel is entitled Friendship.

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