Can You Tolerate This?
Can You Tolerate This? is a collection of twenty-one personal essays by Ashleigh Young.
In this spirited and singular book, Young roams freely from preoccupation to preoccupation - Hamilton's 90s music scene, family histories, a boy with a rare skeletal disease, a stone-collecting French postman, a desire for impossible physical transformation - trying to find some measure of clarity amid uncertainty. How to bear each moment of experience: the inconsequential as much as the shattering? Her search takes us through poignant, funny and raw territories.
Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction
Winner of Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017 - General Non Ficion.
2017 Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction.
'This is a brave, sometimes confronting, always intriguing, often compelling and distinctly unusual book. The essays are consistently entertaining in a way that is rare in literary nonfiction of any kind. The voice is one which readers will fall in love with.' -Martin Edmond
'Some of Ashleigh Young's personal essays feel to me like beautifully told short stories - they just happen to be true, or true-ish.' -Bill Manhire