"Nell Zink is a writer of extraordinary talent and range. Her work insistently raises the possibility that the world is larger and stranger than the world you think you know." (Jonathan Franzen)
Virginia, 1966. The motionless deeps of the lake outside Stillwater College are being ruffled. Lee, a blue-blooded poet and professor, is determinedly fondling Peggy, an ingénue freshman with literary pretensions, in his canoe. So begins a long affair, but the two are mismatched from the start.
The story that follows rocks the boat in every sense. Nell Zink's hugely entertaining, totally unique Mislaid explodes the nuclear family and topples every foundation of identity - black and white, gay and straight, "normal" and very very strange....
©2015 Nell Zink (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Nell Zink is a writer of extraordinary talent and range. Her work insistently raises the possibility that the world is larger and stranger than the world you think you know. You might not want to believe this, but her sentences and stories are so strong and convincing that you'll have no choice." (Jonathan Franzen)
"Nell Zink might be the best living writer you haven't heard of yet." (Emily Gould, author of Friendship)
"One of the most exciting debut novels that will be published this year." (Guardian)
Classics,contemporary fiction, Politics, Philosophy, Economics - a weekly eye on The New Yorker & The Guardian and dense word style/play.
Links to Jonathan Franzen - should have been the first alarm bell for me. There are a number of menu items to choose from in respect of Nell and, I’m sorry to report, that for my holiday reading starter I got off on the wrong plateful. Maybe I should have tried The Wallcreeper - maybe you should, because my take-away is stay away.
Preoccupations with gender and racial identity, when played out of un-engaging mouths (...said Peggy.....said Peggy.....said Peggy) for a 2015 publication quickly seemed so last century. This is lit-lite and shambolically so - the solipsism of the internet, confident in the fact that a referenced wise-crack with a literary hyperlink actually constitutes anything meaningful. An attempted play on prejudice where repeatedly the connect and understand keys play second string to the Control and Alternative short-cuts.
I quickly lost patience and found to my satisfaction that the story-book structure fell predictably into place leaving me confident that the world is not larger and stranger and reaching for the snake oil - or was that sun cream.
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