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Author: Smallwood, Christine

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Published 04/08/2022 by Europa Editions (UK) Ltd in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 208 pages

***A TIME MAGAZINE, LITHUB, WHITE REVIEW BEST BOOK OF 2021***'200 pages of serious entertainment.' -The TimesThe Life of the Mind opens with Dorothy sitting on a library toilet, checking her phone and examining the “thick, curdled knots of string” coming out of her body. No one but her boyfriend knows that she’s had a miscarriage, not even her therapists–Dorothy has two of them.

An adjunct professor of English in New York City with no hope of finding a permanent position, Dorothy’s stuck, unable to envision the future or cut ties with the past. “What did you call it,” she asks herself, “when a life stopped developing, but it didn’t end?”Christine Smallwood’s debut is a campus novel like no other. Piercingly intelligent and darkly hilarious, it moves from a classroom to an underwater puppet show, from a conference in Las Vegas to a karaoke party. It is a discomforting glimpse into the head of a brilliant woman on the edge, it is a novel about endings: of youth, of professional aspiration, of possibility, of the illusion that our minds can ever free us from the tyranny of our bodies.

The Life of the Mind : Sharp and funny. (Daily Mail)

SKU: 9781787704268
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