New York: Macmillan, 2016
Maggie Nelson falls in love with Harry Dodge, an artist with a fluid gender identity. Harry already has a child, Maggie becomes pregnant, and the four of them build a life together. The Argonauts is a poignant story of queer family life, at the same time Maggie Nelson invents a form of philosophical exploration all her own. Memoir, theory, poetry: it is a book that defies classification and challenges our classifications with its radically open thinking. In the spirit of Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Maggie Nelson combines a theoretical and personal quest for knowledge to arrive at a new narrative of the nature of love and family.