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Remnants of Passion is a collection of essays that examine one woman’s search for love, sex, and a sense of belonging from adolescence into middle age. It’s equal parts queer and quotidian, ranging in its focus from lesbians fighting over the politics of penetration to first kisses, from apologies never made to a marriage held together with spaghetti. Sarah Einstein livesRemnants of Passion is a collection of essays that examine one woman’s search for love, sex, and a sense of belonging from adolescence into middle age. It’s equal parts queer and quotidian, ranging in its focus from lesbians fighting over the politics of penetration to first kisses, from apologies never made to a marriage held together with spaghetti. Sarah Einstein lives with her husband, Dominik Heinrici, in Athens, Ohio, where she is pursuing a PhD in creative writing at Ohio University. Her work has previously appeared in journals such as PANK, Ninth Letter, the Fiddleback, and Fringe magazine. She has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Web and been listed in the “Notable Essays” section of Best American Essays. She is currently at work on a full-length memoir about her fascinated friendship with a homeless veteran. Einstein and Heinrici maintain a blog at, and you can find Einstein on Twitter at @sarahemc2. This is a short e-book published by Shebooks--high quality fiction, memoir, and journalism for women, by women. For more information, visit

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Remnants of Passion Reviews

  • SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
    2019-02-19 12:20

    Bell, Book and Candle Blog | Remnants of Passion ReviewIt's a short read, but a very powerful one. I laughed, cried and sighed all through the book. The prose had a stong voice that really spoke volumes, despite the fact that the writing was quite simple. I really felt empathetic in every situation, like I really was there experiencing it. It really reflects life and love, but also plights of insecurity, misunderstanding, and mistakes. Although a change of pace from my usual reads, I really loved this book. Sarah Einstein definitely lives up to her surname with this masterpiece.

  • Ian Wood
    2019-03-16 11:35

    This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's novels reviewed on the blog will generally have some images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate a novel three-fifths worth reading! The only reason I've relented and started putting stars up there is to credit the good ones, which were being unfairly uncredited. So, all you'll ever see from me is a five-star or a one-star (since no stars isn't a rating, unfortunately).I rated this novel WORTHY!WARNING! MAY CONTAIN UNHIDDEN SPOILERS! PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!Go Shebooks! It doesn't take an Einstein to figure out that this is a good idea, but it helps to have one on board, especially if it's Sarah Einstein. The only thing which might have tripped-up this publishing plan was poor reading material, but that's quite evidently not a problem from the sampling I've done, and which I'll review over the next couple of days.This particular volume is a collection of shorts (no, not those kind of shorts!) with general observations on life - or at least something which resembles it - and it's hard to tell if they're memories or fiction. I hope not all of them are memories! When I say shorts, I really mean it, since this is only 37 pages long, so it's a good, solid read, and in nice bite-sized pieces.A Meditation on Love is a memory of a trip to a summer-of-love style event where young people (and some not-so-young) free themselves from societal restraints and constraints and enjoy each other, and music and food, and comfortable, unpretentious clothes. This story amused the heck out of me because it seemed so realistic.The Origins of My Problems With Fidelity tells a story of a sexually-confused high-school girl and her brief (no, not those kind of briefs) encounter with a fellow teen who may or may not have been a lesbian.Self-Portrait in Apologies is exactly that; a series of apologies to people from the writer's past (real or fictional I know not), and it's both hilarious and sad, comfortable and discomfiting.Fat is so mixed-up (to put it politely) that I can barely describe it, but it revolves artfully around the fact that there are two kinds of 'fat' when you're a woman: overweight, and pregnant. It's a sad story that really makes you want to go hug this girl and take care of her properly, even as you know you'll most likely be rejected by her if you make any such effort. I was in adoration of the segment relating the narrator's trip to the lesbian conference and the bizarre antics experienced there. This seemed so real to me that it tapped into my own recollections of various encounters I've had, and observations I've made. It's nice to feel that at least sometimes, I wasn't completely off-base with my views even if I was off the reservation!I loved the honesty and the free-wheeling nature of this collection. It's warm and thoughtful, interesting and moving, and it decidedly has something to say. and I recommend it to both male and female readers who are looking for some honest and thoughtful entertainment.

  • Alan
    2019-02-20 14:23

    Full disclosure: I know Sarah Einstein, or did, or thought I did—she introduced me to Goodreads, in fact—but even so I would not review Remnants of Passion at all if I didn't think it was objectively (whatever that word means) worth reading.These are autobiographical essays, or at least they are presented as memoir. I kind of hope they aren't 100% factual, though; Einstein does not spare herself in these recountings of adolescent fumbling, Rainbow Gathering, substituting food for sex, and apologizing. In any case, these are powerful essays, regardless of whether they're factual, fictional, or a mix of the two.The one I found most compelling was "Self-Portrait in Apologies," in which Einstein issues apologies to characters like "an Ethically Inconsistent Friend," "the Boy Who Wasn't Quite Right," "the Man Whose Woods We Burned Down" and others. It tempts me to go and do likewise... the list of people to whom I should apologize is, probably, even longer than hers.My biggest—my only—problem with Remnants of Passion is that it's too damned short—it's a chapbook, really, comprising just four essays. But then, if that's my big complaint, it's a relatively insignificant one. Always leave 'em wanting more, after all...And its brevity does make Remnants of Passion easy to read... I read it twice through in a day or two, in fact, just because I could.This edition is published electronically by Shebooks. I'm not a big fan of ebooks in general, as perhaps you may have noticed (this is the first ebook I've reviewed), and the process of acquiring Remnants of Passion seemed rather more involved and tedious than it really needed to be... one must create an account on the site, then download the Shebooks (mobile-only) app, then purchase and download the book itself. But the process was manageable, even for a curmudgeon like me, and should not be a significant obstacle for anyone else interested in perusing Einstein's (and others') work.In other words: this one was worth the effort.

  • Sonya Huber
    2019-03-06 12:22

    Sarah Einstein’s new e-book, “Remnants of Passion,” traces what is left after infatuations, crushes, love affairs, and missed opportunities through four essays. She writes about the shadows behind emotions; in these pages, she recounts what it feels like to be “lonely in a dangerous way” and what it means to seek fulfillment in others and to be almost or temporarily fulfilled.Sarah Einstein is an up-and-comer, as she just won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs 2015 award for fiction, which means her full-length book will be published next year by University of Georgia Press. I, for one, cannot wait to read it to get more of the kind of incisive vision and description that appears in these essays.“The Origins of My Problems with Fidelity” is a tiny essay that will break your heart, thoughtful and shy, about first kisses and massive confusion. Here and elsewhere, Einstein writes about herself as a child and as a young woman without ever talking down to the person she once was. Fans of Sarah Einstein will be pleased to own their own copy of her classic essay “Self-Portrait in Apologies.” (By the way, can I actually call it a classic? It was published by Fringe, which doesn’t publish anymore, though thankfully they’ve left their stuff online so I can still find this hilarious and sad and sweet essay. Maybe it just feels like a classic because I’ve taught it so many times) Yes, this is the essay in which one section is entitled “Apology to Everyone In the Dress Row at the Metropolitan Opera, Seats 114-120, on October 13, 1995.” This is so funny, and captures fond snapshots of an era. Einstein’s thoughtful voice spans accounts of an abortion clinic, a Rainbow Gathering, a love affair over food in New York City, and a gay rights conference, yet she never is, as the saying goes, slumming in her own experience. She is offering it up her moments and past selves with compassion for herself and for everyone else who has gone down the paths she wandered. As she writes in “Fat,” “The days from that year are a blur, the memories bruised…” And yet they have stayed with her, rich with detail. I felt slices of my own past recounted and encountered here, not with those details but with the longing they evoke.

  • Nancy Rossman
    2019-03-16 17:18

    Yes, very thought provoking (not all) essays about all things in life. But it just didn't come together with any thread. Jarring. In some cases it felt like existential jargon on a bad acid trip, or maybe (for sure possible)I am not literary or intelligent enough to get it. Quite possible. And I really didn't get the giant part of the book, "apologies." Really? Why?

  • Rhonda Lomazow
    2019-03-06 09:19

    Remnants of Passion is an intimate group of essays about. A woman's honest journey from teenage. Girl to middle age woman.her sexuality relationships love affairs.She books has published another wonderful book showing us the female experience.

  • Allison Green
    2019-03-09 16:23

    Thoughtful, well-written essays that made me laugh and then sigh.

  • Renée
    2019-03-02 10:19

    Sarah Einstein's "Remnants of Passion" is a beautiful read. It is an exemplary and concise collection of essays, published by the fantastic SheBooks, a publisher that focuses on women writers and readers. Read "Remnants of Passion" in one sitting and weep for your lost days. But celebrate the wisdom, too, that comes from varied experience, from living a life fully, from learning what it means to love, truly and deeply. Einstein takes us into the soul of things. I am so looking forward to Einstein's forthcoming memoir. More goodness to come.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-07 11:32