Originally posted at livejournal on 14 April 2014 @ 05:22 pm
Oh damn. It’s been a month since my last post huh? Ugh. I meant to post like three weeks ago? Ugh idk when I uploaded this photo but whatever:
Anyway, in my publishing class we had to read this because the author was coming in for a Q&A. Now let me start by including a summary of the novel from Goodreads:
“In an age of reality TV, a husband and wife cling to Victorian notions of privacy, though doing so threatens the life of the wife. Their daughter Anna yearns for her mother’s unguarded affection, and eventually learns there is value in restraint. But Anna, a Caribbean American immigrant, finds that lesson harder to accept when, eager to assimilate in her new country, she discovers that a gap yawns between her and American-born citizens.”
You can only guess how well this went over in a class of mostly white upper middleclass students.
Hint: A good portion of them didn't even read the novel.
I read the novel and I enjoyed it a lot. I had a little trouble with the tense (present tense is something I’m somewhat used to fanfic but I’d consider it an exception and not the norm) but after a while I got used to it. Not to mention the fact that it was something I could relate to quite well (“…is a hyphenated American, a Carribbean-American, with a foot in both worlds.” or “She wants to belong there too. It is where she grew up, where she learned to speak, to read. Where as a little girl, and then as a teenager she went to school. Where her navel string is buried.” to name a few particularly relatable passages).
I was a little annoyed by the ending which I won’t spoil. It was extremely upsetting for me and I was distressed for quite some time after I had finished the book. However once we had the Q&A my worries were relieved. Ms. Nunez said she wasn’t writing with intentional messages but in an effort to make her readers think about the ending themselves which frames the novel in a entire new way.
It did make me think a lot about my own novel I’m writing for thesis which is a good thing since I need to have a 10-15 page introduction (I’m already at the required minimum but it’s not finished). My professor has encouraged me to write in a way which will help reframe the way my classmates have been viewing my novel which is kind of exciting and nervewracking because I have yet to finish the novel (despite you know making the page count to be considered passing and having an outline of like eighty-five chapters).
I’ll probably end up reading more stuff by Elizabeth Nunez. She has another book with Anna at a younger age which I think will be a fun read. I also got to see her memoir (my professor is the publisher and chief editor of the press that published it) which seems even more interesting. She was also extremely kind enough to sign my copy too.
In other news I finished all my homework due tomorrow before noon today so HELL FUCKING YEAAAAAHHH. My mood is pretty improved because of that.