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The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante review – a girl’s own story | Books | The Guardian

Into the depths of Naples … Margherita Mazzucco in the TV adaptation of Ferrante’s 2012 novel, My Brilliant Friend. Photograph: Home Box Office (HBO)/2020 Home Box Office, Inc. All rights reserved. HBO® and all related programs are the property of Home Box Office, Inc.

The confusions and clarity of female adolescence are explored in an astonishing novel set in Ferrante’s familiar Naples

Source: The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante review – a girl’s own story | Books | The Guardian

Lifestyle Over Life: Stephen Wright’s Vision of America

Wright’s darkly comic novel burrows into our hollow cravings, and finds more hollowness.

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I think that America’s failure to recognize Wright’s greatness is a condemnation of a literary establishment that continues to reward the kind of mellifluous writing that conveys what reviewers like to call a perfect emotional pitch.

Wright looks beyond America’s sugarcoated veneer of respectability with a clear vision of the ridiculously hideous place this country has become. He isn’t trying to soothe us. He is asking us if we are long past the point of redemption.

Source: Lifestyle Over Life: Stephen Wright’s Vision of America

The Importance of Being Ordinary | The New Republic

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Gwendolyn Brooks’s life and work asserted the humanity of black people in America.

Source: The Importance of Being Ordinary | The New Republic

Hannah Stamler on Greta Gerwig’s Little Women (2019) – Artforum International

GRETA GERWIG’S GREAT SUBJECT is the twilight of girlhood. She has become something like the patron saint of girls on the precipice, or, as Britney Spears put it twenty years ago, the not-girls-not-yet-women. Her heroines, sharp and tender, find themselves caught between their past and future selves; they are consumed by the task of reconciling youthful hopes with present realities, slouching toward some kind of self-actualization, and away from adolescence real or protracted.In both Frances Ha (2012) and Mistress America (2015), cowritten by Gerwig, she plays adrift twentysomethings struggling . . .

Source: Hannah Stamler on Greta Gerwig’s Little Women (2019) – Artforum International

Lisa Robertson’s bottomless novel of authorship and Baudelaire – Jennifer Krasinski – Bookforum Magazine

Lisa Robertson’s bottomless novel of authorship and Baudelaire – Jennifer Krasinski

Source: Lisa Robertson’s bottomless novel of authorship and Baudelaire – Jennifer Krasinski – Bookforum Magazine

Our fractured, fractious age in 1 sentence: Lucy Ellmann | CBC Radio

Lucy Ellmann is an American-born British novelist based in Scotland. Her novel Ducks, Newburyport is published by Biblioasis in Windsor, Ont. (Caroline Forbes/Biblioasis)

Lucy Ellmann’s Booker-nominated Ducks, Newburyport, captures our fractious, fractured age through the eyes of a likeable, pie-baking housewife in Ohio in an epic running 1,000 pages in a single sentence.

The fact that they rescued three little boys in that Italian earthquake, or avalanche, and when the rescuers reached the boys they said ‘Come out, my love,’ the fact that they said ‘Come out, my love’ as they pulled the boys free, and for some reason that made me cry, the kindness …
Ducks, Newburyport

 

Source: Our fractured, fractious age in 1 sentence: Lucy Ellmann | CBC Radio

The Nobel Prize Was Made for Olga Tokarczuk

OLGA TOKARCZUK. PHOTO: © K. DUBIEL.

Source: The Nobel Prize Was Made for Olga Tokarczuk

Jean-Baptiste Del Amo in conversation with Mark Krotov | Online Only | n+1

 

Source: Jean-Baptiste Del Amo in conversation with Mark Krotov | Online Only | n+1

Here’s to you, Mrs. Dalloway! | 3 Quarks Daily

Noah Knopf in Harvard Political Review: It took me three tries to understand even a little of Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf’s famous 1925 modernist novel set on a single day in London. . . .

Source: Here’s to you, Mrs. Dalloway! | 3 Quarks Daily

A 1995 Novel Predicted Trump’s America – The New York Times