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  • ISBN: 9780593229903
  • ISBN: 0593229894
  • ISBN: 9780593229897
  • Physical Description: 229 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: London : Hogarth, 2021.

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Summary, etc.: "As an adjunct professor of English with a draining and tedious courseload, Dorothy feels "like a janitor in the temple who continued to sweep because she had no idea what else to do but who had lost her belief in the essential sanctity of the enterprise." No one but her partner knows that she's just had a miscarriage, not even her therapists - Dorothy being the kind of person who begins seeing a second because she's too conflict-averse to break things off with the first. It's not so much that Dorothy is ashamed of the miscarriage itself as she is of the sense of purpose the prospect of motherhood had provided, of how much she'd wanted it. The freedom not to be a mother is one of the victories of feminism. So why does she feel like a failure? (That's another thing she's ashamed of.) "--Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 February #2
    By day, Dorothy is an adjunct professor teaching undergrads in classes titled Writing Affect Theory and Writing Apocalypse. By daydream, Dorothy explains herself to children of the watery future, who live on rafts and are not impressed by her efforts to stop climate change (You signed an online petition?). This quietly funny, deeply interiorized debut novel from Harper's book critic Smallwood follows Dorothy in the days and weeks following a miscarriage. When she bleeds for longer than expected and gets an ultrasound to make sure everything's okay, her doctor is surprised by her request for a printed-out image of her emptying uterus. Outside of her partner, Rog, Dorothy doesn't share the loss: she doesn't tell her therapist, or her second therapist (who she sees to discuss the first therapist), or even her best friend. But she wonders plenty on the page, and remains in rich conversation with herself—sometimes pondering characters invented by Coleridge, Kafka, and Thomas Mann—on who or what controls a story, a meaning, an ending. Readers will find this perceptive, cerebral, original, and easy to fall into. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Christine Smallwood's fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, n+1, and Vice. Her reviews, essays, and cultural reporting have been published in many magazines, including The New Yorker, Bookforum, T, and The New York Times Magazine, where she is a contributing writer. She has also written the "New Books" column for Harper's, where she is a contributing editor, and been an editor at The Nation. She has a PhD in English from Columbia University, is a founding faculty member of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, and is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities.

Subject: Self-realization in women Fiction
Interpersonal relations Fiction
Miscarriage Fiction
Women college teachers Fiction
Genre: Novels.
Psychological fiction.
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