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Swann's Way
Marcel Proust, Lydia Davis
Mating
Norman Rush
The Unknown University
Roberto Bolaño, Laura Healy
Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion since 1960 (20/21)
Amy Hungerford
The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays
James Wood
Log of the S.S. The Mrs. Unguentine - Stanley Crawford, Ben Marcus

Briefly: Just when you might think you’ve had it with PoMo silliness, along comes something that’s anything but. I started this one thinking, Oh no. Proceeded with a sense of dread. Nothing beautiful. Nothing exciting. To eventually arrive at a place of And yet.

What may or may not be pages of the narrator’s log, recounts years (and years, and years) at sea (or not), with her husband (and his memory, and his ghost, and his love, or not) on a barge that is transformed into a burgeoning floating island transformed/transgressed by artifice—a husband who may have been abusive, absolutely, definitely, might just have been abusive—but does have, among his redeeming qualities, the wisdom to mark off the days of his calendar with question marks rather than Xs.

4.something stars, rounded up for those damned question marks. Some of you should probably, maybe, almost assuredly, check this one out.