The Effect of Living Backwardsby Heidi Julavits
Following her acclaimed debut, The Mineral Palace, Heidi Julavits presents a quirky, compelling new novel about two sisters, a bizarre event, and the/i>
Does Alice really hate her sister, or is that love? Was she really enrolled in grad school, or was that an elaborate hoax? Is this really a hijacking, or is it merely the effect of living backwards?
Following her acclaimed debut, The Mineral Palace, Heidi Julavits presents a quirky, compelling new novel about two sisters, a bizarre event, and the elusive nature of truth.
Author Biography: Heidi Julavits is the author of The Mineral Palace. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Best American Short Stories 1999, Esquire, Zoetrope, McSweeney's, and Time.
- Penguin Group (USA)
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- Product dimensions:
- 6.34(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.16(d)
- Age Range:
- 14 Years
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Heidi Julavits has published short fiction in Esquire, Story, Zoetrope, McSweeney’s, and The Best American Short Stories 1999. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Julavits is at her best with dialogue. I found it to be the best part of this novel. I wanted to know more about the main character, Alice...really liked her. But I was disappointed with the story or lack of of direction. I think it's tricky to tell a story that has a a plane hijacking as the backdrop especially in this sensitive post 9/11 era.
I continued to plow my way through this book even though I felt no emotional connection to any of the characters or a real understanding of what was really happening - which, of course, was the point. I prefer my reading to be a little less like taking mind altering drugs. However, I did think that the premise was interesting and liked the idea of the story connecting in a less logical order. In the end, for me, the puzzle just didn't come together and didn't leave me with any of the pleasant hum of feeling that you get after reading a really well drawn character - of 'missing' the characters after closing the back cover.
at first, the book seemed pretentious simply because of the way the narrator used language but it became more engaging as time went on. the author has created a protangonist who is honestly insightful. the best parts - almost outstanding - are the shame stories that alternate between chapters. i found the ending disappointing...almost a bit silly. however, i think this author could write some fiercely entertaining short stories.