The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath: A Novel (Paperback)Kimberly Knutsen (author)
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Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 226 x 150 x 25 mm
--Chicago Book Review
"A blend of tragicomedy and waning romance, The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath explores uncomfortable material. Sharply drawn, claustrophobic settings and strong personalities add up to a promising academic novel."
"I loved this book--it reminded me in some ways of J.D. Salinger's writings and even Plath herself. It is an exquisitely constructed and deeply layered book; insightful, poetic and often tragic, which deals with so many themes that the reader can relate and resonate with."
"I loved reading The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath. Knutsen's characters are wise and wise-cracking, self-aware and self-deluded; in short, participants in the age-old battle of head vs. heart. This author knows how to render the ordinary world--of marriage and parenthood and suburbia--with extraordinary art and poetry. And without losing sight of the humor of our daily entanglements with family and self. A pleasure, from start to finish."
--Antonya Nelson, author ofFunny Once
"Knutsen writes clear and lovely prose. Her details and descriptions are vivid and surprising. She does an excellent job with setting and is skilled at subtly weaving in details that establish theme. I'm hooked by Knutsen's prose, images, and metaphors."
--Diana Joseph, author of I'm Sorry You Feel That Way
"An ambitious first novel."
"Consistently funny and well-observed. The detailing and the language are excellent, and the novel is a pleasure to read. It does a brilliant job of exploring how people fall away from a conventional life: some tricky combination of damage, desire, and depression makes these characters both want more and seem unable to get it."
--Andy Mozina, author of The Women Were Leaving the Men and Quality Snacks
"Like a seven-act Shakespearian tragedy, honest and absolutely heartbreaking . . . amazing in its darkness and its light . . . the writing is incredible."
--Curtis Dawkins, BULL: Men's Fiction
"Knutsen explores questions of identity and the muddiness of dependency within families. . . . Ultimately, Knutsen exposes her characters' harshest, most authentic selves as they confront the conflict between responsibility and desire."
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