Restless Books Presents THE FACE
Back in October, Restless Books launched a groundbreaking series called The Face with a searing essay by Jimmy Santiago Baca. They are very excited to announce two new installments in the series, from award-winning writers Chris Abani and Ruth Ozeki.
To celebrate, we are offering the first eBook for just 99¢. The discount is just for a limited time, so this is the perfect moment to get up to date on the series.
Here's the idea: In original essays, a diverse group of writers will take readers on a guided tour of that most intimate terrain-their own faces.
The inspiration for The Face comes from a passage by Jorge Luis Borges: "As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face."
What stories does a face tell? A face has a social history: it tells of lineage and belonging. It exists is relation to other faces past and future. Our faces are constant but evolving companions. They are certainly not the faces we are born with, and we don't know which face we will be wearing when we die. A face accumulates signs of wear and betrays our habits of living. Above all, our faces are our most distinctive signatures; flesh-and-blood emblems of the identities we carry around invisibly.