The Topography of Hidden Stories

The Topography of Hidden Stories

by Julia MacDonnell
The Topography of Hidden Stories

The Topography of Hidden Stories

by Julia MacDonnell



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The characters in Julia MacDonnell's first collection, The Topography of Hidden Stories, grapple with doubt and disquiet in their search for love and connection, for their own place in the world, and create a shining tapestry of women's lives in the late 20th and the early 21st centuries. Several feature women trapped in a pious patriarchy that has yet to loosen its control of women's lives, especially their creative power and fertility. However difficult their situations, these characters confront experience with sharp eyes, ironic wit, and a potent sense of their own historical matrix. Through prose that glistening with imagery and figurative language, they express a progressive consciousness and a honed feminist edge.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162824947
Publisher: Fomite
Publication date: 01/26/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 498 KB

About the Author

Julia MacDonnell, an award-winning journalist and novelist, is not now, nor she has ever been, a New York Times bestselling author. She writes much too slowly for that. Like Philip Roth’s infamous doppelganger Nathan Zuckerman in The Ghostwriter, MacDonnell can spend days ‘turning around’ a single sentence; a week or more on a paragraph. So, instead of writing books she hopes will sell a million copies, she writes about the things that matter most to her, driven by the conviction that they might also matter to her readers. She often thinks of Kafka’s declaration that stories should ‘wake us up…affect us like a disaster…grieve us.’ But MacDonnell has no wish to hurt her readers. Rather, with her quirky vision and lyrical prose, she wants them to be enlightened and entertained – and to, perhaps, have something to take with them when the story’s over.
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