“This book is a life-changer.” —Carrie Brownstein, The New York Times
**Only for sale in the UK and its territories.**
A timely and genre-bending memoir that offers fresh and fierce reflections on motherhood, desire, identity and feminism.
At the centre of The Argonauts is the love story between Maggie Nelson and the artist Harry Dodge, who is fluidly gendered. As Nelson undergoes the transformations of pregnancy, she explores the challenges and complexities of mothering and queer family making.
Writing in the tradition of public intellectuals like Susan Sontag, Nelson uses arresting prose even as she questions the limits of language. The Argonauts is an intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of love, language, and family.
Nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.
A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year
A New York Times Notable Book
A Flavorwire Book of the Year
“Provocative and passionately brilliant.”—Geoff Dyer, author of Working the Room
[I] absolutely love this book.”—Jenny Turner, London Review of Books
“A complicated, intimate book about motherhood and identity. Perfect for escaping into.” —Grace Dent, Evening Standard
“One of the most electrifying writers at work in America today, among the sharpest and most supple thinkers of her generation.” —Olivia Laing, author of The Trip to Echo Springs
“A gorgeous book, inventive, fearless, and full of heart.” —Kim Gordon, author of Girl in a Band
“It’s hard to write about love as an idea without veering into abstraction and love as an emotion without veering into smarminess; Nelson pulls both off with brilliant candor.” —Alexandra Schwartz, New Yorker’s Books We Loved in 2015
“I read The Argonauts in one breathless, tearful, mind-blown day and I’m still recovering.” —Miranda July, author of The First Bad Man
“A book I believe will endure…It is not about, but for: for life, bewilderment, grace. It’s about love, in other words.” —Rachel Kushner author of The Flame Throwers
“Brilliant like nothing else you’ve ever read, Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts is as hard to pin down as it is stunning…Although slim, The Argonauts contains worlds of thought and feeling, challenging our assumptions and moving our hearts.” —BuzzFeed.com
“A superb exploration of the risk and the excitement of change….An exceptional portrait both of a romantic partnership and of the collaboration between Nelson’s mind and heart.” —The New Yorker
“So much writing about motherhood makes the world seem smaller after the child arrives, more circumscribed, as if in tacit fealty to the larger cultural assumptions about moms and domesticity; Nelson’s book does the opposite.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Maggie Nelson cuts through our culture’s prefabricated structures of thought and feeling with an intelligence whose ferocity is ultimately in the service of love. No piety is safe, no orthodoxy, no easy irony. The scare quotes burn off like fog.” —Ben Lerner, author of 10:04
“Maggie Nelson slays entrenched notions of gender, marriage, and sexuality with lyricism, intellectual brass, and soul-ringing honesty.” —Vanity Fair