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The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet
a memoir


"This ambitious memoir glints with poetry and wisdom . . . aching, endless, unresolved, and extremely compelling." 


"Blazes with harrowing moments . . . An intimate and searching accumulation of the moments, tender and brutal, that heap together and create a life." 


"Whimsical, even darkly funny at times, brimming with compassion, terribly sad and deeply loving. Memoir readers should not miss this singular offering." 


"Adrian’s unique approach . . . jigsaws together the bits and pieces of her experiences in order to create this beautiful reckoning." 


“A stunning merger of form and content; a remarkable portrait-becomes-self-portrait; and something like a master class in complicity.”
—David Shields, author of Reality Hunger


The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet is a revelation . . . Each page I read pulled me deeper under the book’s peculiar spell.
—Alysia Abbott, author of Fairlyand: a Memoir of My Father


“A vivid, vibrant glossary of a life.”
—Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire


“Desperately serious work . . . An agonized, beautiful, unflinching account.”
—Lee Upton, author of Visitations: Stories

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