An Unnecessary Woman
A NovelBook - 2014
New York : Grove Press, 2014
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Most of the books published these days consist of a series of whines followed by an epiphany. I call these memoirs and confessional novels happy tragedies.
To write is to know that you are not home. I stopped loving Odysseus as soon as he landed back in Ithaca.
To paraphrase the everparaphraseable Freud, who said something to the effect that when you speak about the past you lie with every breath you take, I will say this:
When you write about the past, you lie with each letter, with every grapheme, including the goddamn comma.
Memory, memoir, autobiography -- lies, lies, all lies.
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