The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward audiobook

The Terrible: A Storyteller's Memoir

By Yrsa Daley-Ward
Read by Yrsa Daley-Ward  and Howard Daley-Ward

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From the celebrated poet behind bone, a lyrical memoir--part prose, part verse--about coming-of-age, uncovering the cruelty and the beauty of the wider world, and redemption through self-discovery and the bonds of family . "My little brother and I saw a unicorn in the garden in the late nineties. I'm telling you. Neither one of us made it up; it was as real as anything else." So begins The Terrible, Yrsa Daley-Ward's brave, raw, completely lyrical memoir that captures the surreal magic and incredible discomfort of adolescence, burgeoning sexuality, rootlessness, and connection. Through emotional snapshots that span from her adolescence through her early twenties, each brought to life in Yrsa's gorgeous signature style of open white spaces and stirring, singular lines, The Terrible evokes the pain and thrill of girlhood, as well as what it means to discover the fear and power that come with being a woman. With a sharp eye and a rare talent for mining the beauty and the sorrow in the everyday, Yrsa recounts her remarkable life: growing up as one of the only black children in a poor, white, working class town; navigating the extreme Christianity of her family; inquiring after her paternity; moving through phases of addiction and sexual encounters; and ultimately finding her place in her family and in life.

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Summary

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From the celebrated poet behind bone, a lyrical memoir--part prose, part verse--about coming-of-age, uncovering the cruelty and the beauty of the wider world, and redemption through self-discovery and the bonds of family

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"My little brother and I saw a unicorn in the garden in the late nineties.
I'm telling you. Neither one of us made it up; it was as real as anything else."

So begins The Terrible, Yrsa Daley-Ward's brave, raw, completely lyrical memoir that captures the surreal magic and incredible discomfort of adolescence, burgeoning sexuality, rootlessness, and connection.

Through emotional snapshots that span from her adolescence through her early twenties, each brought to life in Yrsa's gorgeous signature style of open white spaces and stirring, singular lines, The Terrible evokes the pain and thrill of girlhood, as well as what it means to discover the fear and power that come with being a woman. With a sharp eye and a rare talent for mining the beauty and the sorrow in the everyday, Yrsa recounts her remarkable life: growing up as one of the only black children in a poor, white, working class town; navigating the extreme Christianity of her family; inquiring after her paternity; moving through phases of addiction and sexual encounters; and ultimately finding her place in her family and in life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

[The Terrible is] powered by the strains of family separation, sexuality, and dreams. The Millions (Must-Read Poetry)
Beautiful and honest. Joanna Goddard, A Cup of Jo
Daley-Ward beautifully recounts her life thus far, equally reflecting on the wonderful and the terrible. Medium (21 New Books You Should Read this Summer)
Yrsa Daley-Ward has left all of herself on the page yet again. . . . An emotional look at growing up. HelloGiggles
Yrsa Daley-Ward is laying her pain bare and turning it into uplifting, unconventional poetry. . . . If readers thought she bared her soul through bone, her memoir The Terrible will be another lesson in how to fearlessly turn the pain of her past into uplifting prose. PopSugar
A powerful, unconventionally structured memoir recounting harrowing coming-of-age ordeals . . . Daley-Ward resists classification in this profound mix of poetry and prose. . . . [She] has quite a ferociously moving story to tell. Kirkus (starred)
Yrsa’s work is like holding the truth in your hands. It sweats and breathes before you. A glorious living thing. Florence Welch, of Florence + the Machine
[A] stunning excavator of human heat and light. HuffPost
Daley-Ward’s short poems cover subjects like depression, falling in and out of love, and sexuality, with a fierce staccato that, as the title suggests, cuts deep. Vogue 
[Daley-Ward] has a knack for getting directly to a story’s heat-point, and once there, to distill the emotions within it down to a line or two. Hanif Abdurraqib, The Atlantic
daley-ward effortlessly mines the bone. the diamond from the difficult. the things that are too bright and taboo. she lays her hands on the pulse of the thing. . . . an expert storyteller. of the rarest. and purest kind . . . daley-ward’s extraordinary talent. ability. to both see and write the veins of the true life. the true lives. is a gift. a breath. nayyirah waheed, author of salt. and nejma
Daley-Ward splits herself wide open in her lyrical memoir. Bustle (New Books To Read This Week)
Devastating, in the very best way . . . generous, utterly human, and, eventually, hopeful. Buzzfeed (Exciting New Books To Add To Your Summer Reading List)
A few months ago, I thought I lost my love for reading. I spent weeks putting books down after a few pages. Nothing spoke to me. Then one magical day, I stumbled on The Terrible. . . . Daley-Ward’s beautiful prose wrapped its hands around my neck—I found myself doing stupid things like walking through New York at rush hour with my nose buried in her book. Jamal Jordan, The New York Times Book Review (New & Noteworthy)
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A coming-of-age memoir . . . of particular lyricism and bracing honesty. The New York Times Book Review
Though her plainspokenness resembles Rupi Kaur’s accessibility, Daley-Ward has a specific story to tell, one that is suspenseful and affecting in its details. The New Yorker
Devastating and lyrical. The New York Times
Profoundly beautiful . . . [Daley-Ward] interweaves verse and prose to great effect, offering less a simple retelling of her life, and more of an impression of it, a sense of how it must feel to live it. Much of what Daley-Ward recounts of her childhood is devastating . . . and she has a unique ability to tell these parts of her life with an unflinching intensity, the kind that sears itself onto your skin; and yet this is not a story without hope or love. Nylon (Great Books To Read This Summer)
I tore through Yrsa Daley-Ward’s poetic memoir, The Terrible, in a matter of hours. . . . An impressive take on the memoir that prioritizes emotion over event. The Paris Review (Staff Picks)
Open up the first page of Yrsa Daley-Ward’s genre-defying memoir, and you’ll find yourself immediately transfixed by her rhythmic language. Ward unspools the story of her difficult coming-of-age as it felt, foregoing the pacing of a conventional memoir for something more poetic and visceral . . . in this book, her unique voice has room to grow roots on the page. Refinery29 (Best Books Of June 2018)
Unflinching . . . The Terrible’s raw yet lilting prose draws the reader in at once. Unpredictable shifts in form and structure—from prose to poetry and script—are refreshingly disorientating. This is both a defiant book and a defiantly inventive one. The Times Literary Supplement (London)
[Yrsa Daley-Ward] makes the emotional brutality of dealing with family, adolescence, addiction, and sexuality accessible to her readers. . . . She continually incorporates gut-wrenching imagery in her work, and in both bone and The Terrible, she packages heightened emotion into just one or two lines. Ploughshares
Absolutely stunning . . . a poetic look at someone's life. Lauren Christensen, CBS This Morning
Longlisted for the 2019 PEN Open Book Award

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Author Bio: Yrsa Daley-Ward

Author Bio: Yrsa Daley-Ward Yrsa Daley-Ward is a writer and poet of mixed West Indian and West African heritage. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Yrsa was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley in the North of England. She splits her time between London and Los Angeles.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Poetry
Runtime: 4.01
Audience: Adult
Language: English