The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs

Text is thrilled to announce that the New York Times bestseller The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs is now available in the UK. 

In 2015 poet and writer Nina Riggs was diagnosed with breast cancer, and it metastasised later that year. She was thirty-eight years old, married to the love of her life and the mother of two small boys; her mother had died only a few months earlier from multiple myeloma.

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying is Nina’s intimate, unflinching account of ‘living with death in the room’. She tells her story in a series of absurd, poignant and often hilarious vignettes drawn from a life that has ‘no real future or arc left to it, yet still goes on as if it does’.

This unforgettable memoir leads the reader into the innermost chambers of the writer’s life: into the mind and heart, the work and home and family, of a young woman alternately seeking to make peace with and raging against the reality of her approaching death.


REVIEWS FOR THE BRIGHT HOUR BY NINA RIGGS

‘You can read a multitude of books about how to die, but Riggs, a dying woman, will show you how to live.’  New York Times

Most Anticipated Summer Reading Selection by * The Washington Post * Glamour * The Seattle Times * Real Simple * The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Starred reviews from * Kirkus Reviews * Publishers Weekly * Library Journal * 

“Stunning…heartrending…this year’s When Breath Becomes Air.”  The Washington Post

‘Gorgeous and brave, Nina Riggs’s memoir explodes with life and insight even amid ruin—with lines so poetic they knocked the wind out of me. It’s heartbreaking, funny, clear-eyed, and entirely devoid of cliché. This book is her hard-won treasure, and ours.’ Dr Lucy Kalanithi, author of When Breath Becomes Air

“Beautiful and haunting.” Matt McCarthy, USA Today

“Deeply affecting…simultaneously heartbreaking and funny.” People, (Book of the Week)

“Vivid, immediate.” Laura Collins-Hughes, The Boston Globe

‘How a woman can have this much emotional clarity and narrative power while fighting for her life should astonish every last one of us. Magical. Unforgettable.’ Kelly Corrigan

‘A luminous, heartbreaking symphony of wit, wisdom, pain, parenting and perseverance against insurmountable odds.’ Kirkus Reviews, starred review

‘A moving reminder of the precious gift of life.’ Mindfood

The Bright Hour is, as the subtitle indicates, an account of life and death, but it’s the living that shines, in this gloriously irreverent, sometimes objective account of the author’s terminal cancer.’ Good Reading

‘[A] deeply moving (and often funny) memoir.’ Marie Claire

‘Incredibly insightful…A meditation on life and how to live and, in the end, how to die.’ Australian

‘[Riggs] doesn't gloss over what lies ahead, and the results are at times hilarious. Heartbreaking, honest and uplifting.’ Woman’s Day

‘In this tender memoir Riggs displays a keen awareness of and reverence for all the moments of life—both the light, and the dark, “the cruel, and the beautiful”’ Publishers Weekly

"Profound and poignant...I put down The Bright Hour a slightly different, and better, person - unbearably sad and also feeling, as Riggs did, 'the hug of the world.’” O Magazine

‘This gorgeous chronicle of the last year of her life – brimming with seemingly mundane details about parenting, buying a couch, getting a puppy – is a gentle reminder to cherish each day.’ Best New Books, Entertainment Weekly

‘Touching and wickedly funny.’ Glamour

‘The antithesis of grim: an irreverent and poignant Baedeker through the country of illness.’ Wall Street Journ

‘Her observations about cancer are frank and unsentimental [but] they are also tart and hilarious...Like the bestselling When Breath Becomes Air, the work she left behind is a beautiful testament to the quiet magic of everyday life and making the most of the time we are given, whether it’s spent taking last-minute trips to Paris, wallpapering the mudroom, or reveling in a newly purchased couch.’ New York Post

‘As a poet she composed The Bright Hour with delicacy, love of language, full awareness, and a realism that almost hurts to read and absorb...A family history, a personal memoir, and a roadmap for others to follow, The Bright Hour is a story to embrace, learn from and recommend to good friends.’ Book Reporter

‘This is one of those confusing books that will have you teary while also snorting with laughter. Basically, you will need tissues...The Bright Hour is filled with wonderful wit and irreverence in the face of death, making it truly memorable.’ Whimn

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