When Kurt Vonnegut Jr. ducked into his classroom at the Iowa Writer's Workshop in September of 1965, his jokes drew only weak laughter and a few rolled eyes. But workshop student Loree Rackstraw was quietly impressed by this "great bear of a man" and his down-to-earth sensibilities about writing. That fall, an impossible romance began between the then-unknown author and his student—a brief affair that matured into a joyful, lifelong friendship. Rackstraw distills four decades of memories and Vonnegut's letters to her into this affectionate memoir, which crackles with his creative energy and insights into his creative life.
"The English language has no proper name for the affection Loree shared with Kurt, a connection that was neither love nor passion nor friendship nor admiration, but all of the above. This is a fond and beautiful book."—Robley Wilson