Neko Case to Publish 'The Harder I Fight the More I Love You' Memoir

It hits shelves in January

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jun 5, 2024

Infinitely influential singer-songwriter, New Pornographers founding member and honorary Canadian Neko Case has announced that she's publishing a memoir about her life and artistic journey.

Taking on an abridged version of the title of her watershed 2013 album, The Harder I Fight the More I Love You hits shelves in January 2025 by way of Grand Central Publishing. It's available for pre-order through various retailers here.

"I hope my story will cast a spell of love, invite everyone inside, and smash the illusion that we have no connection to each other," Case said in a statement. Press notes describe the book as "an unforgettable portrait of an extraordinary life," and the official synopsis is as follows:

Neko Case has long been revered as one of music's most influential artists, whose authenticity, lyrical storytelling, and sly wit have endeared her to a legion of critics, musicians, and lifelong fans. In The Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, Case brings her trademark candour and precision to a memoir that traces her evolution from an invisible girl "raised by two dogs and a space heater" in rural Washington state to her improbable emergence as an internationally-acclaimed talent.

In luminous, sharp-edged prose, Case shows readers what it's like to be left alone for hours and hours as a child, to take refuge in the woods around her home, and to channel the monotony and loneliness and joy that comes from music, camaraderie, and shared experience into art.

The Harder I Fight, the More I Love You is a rebellious meditation on identity and corruption, and a manifesto on how to make space for ourselves in this world, despite the obstacles we face.

Case is currently writing for a Broadway production in addition to her bi-weekly Substack newsletter, and is heading out on a North American tour starting in September.

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