One of the great ideas I come back to as a writer is Milan Kundera’s concept of the novel (and novelist) as posers of questions, not dispensers of answers.
Behind the Moon By Madison Smartt Bell 280 Pages City Lights Books, 2017 ISBN: 978-0-87286-736-9 Madison Smartt Bell, a past finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner […]
Dana Cann has crafted three intricately twined narratives about people whose shared sense of grief brings them together and tears them apart, allowing the reader with an almost voyeuristic look at the coping methods of three very different, very damaged people.
The novel’s not nearly as bleak as that might sound. It’s about grief, sure, but it’s really about overcoming grief and the arduous path to healing.
“The problem wasn’t so much that Lexie had taken the Klonopin. And it wasn’t even really that she had stolen them… the problem, as Lexie saw it, was that she […]
Her language is scrumptious, by turns visual, concrete, lush, ephemeral and suggestive. There is pathos and humor, violence and sex and love. Her range and inventiveness are astonishing.
Each subsequent page is another moment of suspension, afloat, your eye seeing but not capturing, brain responding but not conceiving.