I was fortunate to read this novel for the first time before the ubiquitous online reviews made it impossible to avoid knowing what it was before reading. If you never heard of it, then do yourself a favor and read without consulting blurbs and reviews. It will be a profound experience.
Even knowing what the novel is about, though, the second reading is still a punch in the gut. I read it in three glorious hours, and for the most part didn’t remember or care about that thing I don’t want to name to avoid spoiling the joy for potential new readers.
There are so many things to talk about in this short novel. The amazing journey literature made in a century. The genealogy of female writing, which is a topic I find deeply fascinating. Colonialism. The burden of history. Generational guilt. Racism.
It’s a short novel and an unforgettable ride. Do yourself a favor.