Accepting and Adjusting: Americanah and The Blondes


In an effort to manage out-of-control stacks of reading, I try to choose disparate stories in the mass of current reads. Slipping Emily Schultz's The Blondes in with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah seemed like a good bet. A fantastic tale of a plague which seems to infect blonde women. Ifemelu

Accepting and Adjusting: Americanah and The Blondes2014-03-23T08:39:29-05:00

Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs (2013)


Even before I met Nora, the narrator of The Woman Upstairs, I had already brushed up against talk of her anger. Knopf - Random House, 2013 First, Claire Messud's NPR interview includes the author reading the novel's opening paragraphs. (That's the now-oft-quoted rant, which begins with "I'm a

Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs (2013)2014-07-11T15:51:33-05:00

Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers (2013)


Inspired by women who were driven and successful in spheres traditionally dominated by men, Rachel Kushner presents Reno. Scribner - Simon & Schuster, 2013 One might use the same words to describe this fictional woman that Jonathan Franzen used to describe her creator, when she was his student

Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers (2013)2014-05-13T15:40:02-05:00
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