"With Come Again When You Can't Stay So Long, Tara Wray perfectly balances humor, pathos and tenderness...There are few artist's books I can think of that manage to be as simultaneously entertaining and heart-wrenching as Come Again"

-Alec Soth


Come Again When You Can't Stay So Long (2014) is a photobook follow-up to my autobiographical documentary Manhattan, Kansas, about my relationship with my mentally ill mother. The book documents my return to Kansas after a long absence to visit my grandmother, a character from the film. It is a portrait of love, mortality, and the ambivalence of family ties.


  • hand sewn
  • letterpress cover
  • letterpress bookmark
  • 6x9
  • 52 pages
  • edition size 125
  • numbered and signed
  • comes with a DVD of Manhattan, Kansas (Carnivalesque Films, 2006, 79 min.).


  • As featured on LENSCRATCH, Aint-Bad, and STRANT
  • Named to the Fall Line Fifty, a juried selection of self-published books, 2017
  • Selection, 2nd Juried Photobook Exhibition, Vermont Center for Photography, 2017
  • Named one of the best books of 2014 by FlakPhoto
  • Dartmouth College 2014 Book Arts Prize honorable mention
  • Selection, INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks, Phoenix Art Museum, 2014
  • In the permanent collection of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University
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