Wednesday, July 09, 2014
And We Stay, by Jenny Hubbard
An ambitious, but ultimately impersonal look at grief. It is all beautifully written, but the exercise is largely heartless as we never are allowed in to Emily's heart and mind. That she is sad and writes moody navel-gazing poetry we have no doubt, but she is otherwise a very closed book. And the other characters, from the equally repressed roommate KT to the kleptomaniac Amber, don't really add much to our understanding or to the story. It's a pretty work, but distant and non-illuminating. And very much like her earlier work Paper Covers Rock (see my 11/27/2011 review).