On Purpose


Nick Laird (Author)


“Laird’s ear for ‘smallish lexical mercies’ yields superb lines.”—Stephen Burt, New York Times Book Review

On Purpose examines the often brutal arena of human relations. Informed by both wit and a melancholic undercurrent, the book thoughtfully provokes concepts of happiness and sadness, of warring and reparation. The volume concludes with an affecting sequence about a marriage, inspired by that most influential of military treatises, The Art of War.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • July 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33826-3
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 80 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide, excluding Canada, the British Commonwealth and the European Union.

Endorsements & Reviews

“The dense purity of the language recalls the unflinching confessional mode of Robert Lowell and the tender Hughes of Birthday Letters.” — Time Out London

“One of the most memorable meditations on love and marriage in contemporary literature. These 65 pages will knock you flat.” — Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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