All the Lives We Ever Lived is an evocative portrait of the deep bond between the author and her dynamic, difficult father.
Katharine Smyth’s “exploration of grown-up love, the kind that accounts for who the loved one actually is, not who you want him or her to be, gains power and grace as her story unfolds,” said Radhika Jones in a review published in the The New York Times.
“I suspect her book could itself become solace for people navigating their way through the complexities of grief for their fallen idols. And they will be lucky to have it,” the review added.
Smyth is a graduate of Brown University. She has worked for The Paris Review and taught at Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
A commentary in goodreads.com said the book is “a wise, lyrical memoir about the power of literature to help us read our own lives — and see clearly the people we love most.”