LitStack Recs: The Marriage Plot & The Terror

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The Marriage Plot, by Jeffery Eugenides “Heartbreak is funny to everyone but the heartbroken.” That ironic reflection comes early on the Jeffrey Eugenides’ lively 2011 novel. The observation is made by Madeleine Hanna, one of three central characters, all students at Brown University. We meet them on the morning of […]

LitStack Rec: Desperate Characters & The Terror

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Desperate Characters, by Paula Fox This classic of literary fiction, first published in 1970, is also a classic example of a novel that was lost to readers, then found. In 1999, when this—and all Paula Fox’s adult novels—fell out of print, interest in the author and her work was almost […]

LitStack Rec: Women in Their Beds & Ilium

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Women in Their Beds — Gina Berriault Her admirers include Richard Ford, Grace Paley and Robert Stone, but American fiction writer Gina Berriault may be one of most revered writers you’ve never heard of. Cynthia Ozick described Berriault as the quintessential writer’s writer—the recipient of professional admiration and “dim public […]