Seán Hewitt | All Down Darkness Wide

All Down Darkness Wide

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When Seán Hewitt meets Elias, the two fall headlong into a love story. But as Elias struggles with severe depression, the couple comes face-to-face with crisis.

All Down Darkness Wide is a perceptive and unflinching meditation on the burden of living in a world that too often sets happiness and queer life at odds, and a tender and honest portrayal of what it's like to be caught in the undertow of a loved one's mental illness. As lives are made and unmade, this memoir asks what love can endure and what it cannot.

Delving deep into his own history, enlisting the ghosts of queer figures before him, Hewitt plumbs the darkness in search of answers. From a nineteenth-century cemetery in Liverpool to a sacred grotto in the Pyrenees, it is a journey of lonely discovery followed by the light of community. Haunted by the rites of Catholicism and specters of shame, it is nevertheless marked by an insistent search for beauty.

Hewitt captures transcendent moments in nature with exquisite lyricism, honors the power of reciprocated desire, and provides a master class in the incredible force of unsparing specificity. All Down Darkness Wide illuminates a path ahead for queer literature and for the literature of heartbreak striking a piercing and resonant chord for all who trace Hewitt's dauntless footsteps.


Additional Information about the book

Publisher: Penguin Press

ISBN: ‎978-0593300084


Word Count: 70200 words

Length: 234 pages

Language: English

Release Date: July 12, 2022

Available as: Ebook,Paperback

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August 29, 2022
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I'm not a huge poetry lover and I normally don't seek out memoirs by poets, but Sean's beautiful writing and captivating, deeply personal narrative had me hooked. It's absolutely not what I would call a "beach read" but nevertheless, I read it sitting on the beach in one sitting! I can't wait to read what Sean writes next. A vivid, beautiful debut!

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