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Mislaid: A Novel

Mislaid: A Novel

Escrito por Nell Zink

Narrado por Cassandra Campbell


Mislaid: A Novel

Escrito por Nell Zink

Narrado por Cassandra Campbell

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4/5 (31 valoraciones)
Longitud:
8 horas
Publicado:
May 19, 2015
ISBN:
9781622317547
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Achingly good fiction…

No one else writes like Nell Zink. Her dialogue is infinitely sharper than real life, and she manages to turn racism, sexism, classism, and Southern history into rich veins of pitiless, yet breezy comedy.

Descripción

A sharply observed, mordantly funny, and startlingly original debut from an exciting, unconventional new voice, about the making and unmaking of the American family that lays bare all of our assumptions about race and racism, sexuality and desire.

Stillwater College in Virginia, 1966. Freshman Peggy, an ingenue with literary pretensions, falls under the spell of Lee, a blue-blooded poet and professor, and they begin an ill-advised affair that results in an unplanned pregnancy and marriage. The couple are mismatched from the start - she's a lesbian, he's gay - but it takes a decade of emotional erosion before Peggy runs off with their three-year-old daughter, leaving their nine-year-old son behind.

Worried that Lee will have her committed for her erratic behavior, Peggy goes underground, adopting an African American persona for her and her daughter. They squat in a house in an African American settlement, eventually moving to a housing project where no one questions their true racial identities. As Paggy and Lee's children grow up, they must contend with diverse emotional issues: Byrdie must deal with his father's compulsive honesty; while Karen struggles with her mother's lies - she knows neither her ral age, nor that shis is "white," nor that she has any other family.

Years later, a minority scholarship lands Karen at the University of Virginia, where Byrdie is in his senior year. Eventually the long lost siblings will meet, setting off a series of misunderstandings and culminating in a comedic finale worthy of Shakespeare.
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May 19, 2015
ISBN:
9781622317547
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Sobre el autor

Nell Zink grew up in rural Virginia. She has worked in a variety of trades, including masonry and technical writing. In the early 1990s, she edited an indie rock fanzine. Her books include The Wallcreeper, Mislaid, Private Novelist, and Nicotine, and her writing has appeared in n+1, Granta, and Harper’s. She lives near Berlin, Germany.

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  • (3/5)
    While in college, Peggy, a lesbian falls for one of the teachers, Lee, who just happens to be gay. During their affair, Peggy becomes pregnant and they become married. After years of misery, Peggy decides to run away taking her 3 year old daughter and leaving behind her 9 year old son. Afraid Lee will have her committed; Peggy devises a plan to hide from the world by adopting an African American identity for her and her daughter. With clever writing this book explores themes such as gender, race, and sexuality. I found myself enjoying the majority of this book but found myself skimming through the last part.
  • (4/5)
    I found it quite bizarre in the beginning. Having purchased it because it was billed as being hilariously funny, I was immensely disappointed to not even crack a smile for about 60% of the book. But the last 40% caught me. I still heard no laughter, but I did enjoy it. I'm also glad I read it, which is worth a star by itdself.
  • (3/5)
    I'm not sure what to think of this book. It was interesting enough to keep my attention, but the character's circumstances were a bit whacky at times.
  • (4/5)
    I loved the quirky wittiness of this book and the way gender, race, and legal lines were stretched and blurred. Anyone who has contemplated running away from prescribed roles, even if it is only in one's head, will find something in this book.
  • (5/5)
    I had just read about this on Charlotte's thread, and then I went to the library and what should be staring out at me from the new editions shelf?! Serendipity, I cried, as I snagged it. And what a lovely find it was! I read it in just two sittings. It is irreverent and witty, and I thought finally an American fairy tale that encompasses all of the bizarre, inconsistent and incongruous voices of a country whose doctrine declares equality for everyone but has yet to deliver its promise. It reminded me of those old screwball comedies (think Cary Grant) that had the clever dialogue and the plot that was always spinning slightly out of control, only without the censors to say, "Wait a minute, you can't do that. You can't say that." Completely and totally engaging, it will pull you into its pages and not release you until you have read every last word. Highly recommended."Because people never grow accustomed to lies. They either believe them or they don't. And a big lie is never forgiven. The person who told the lie stops existing, and in his place stands a paradox: the truthful liar. The person you know for sure would lie to you, because he's done it before and confessed. You never, ever believe that person again."
  • (3/5)
    If Mislaid sounds a little off its rocker, that’s because it is. And it’s meant to be. It’s witty and funny and pointed and smart in ways many books never dare to be. Unfortunately, that pointed wittiness only works about 50% of the time. The rest of the novel feels less like a novel and more like a collection of scribbled drafts or tributaries Zink started to navigate before realizing they led nowhere—it just doesn’t add up.