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'The Odd Woman and the City' by Vivian Gornick: EW review

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The Odd Woman and the City

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
80260
publisher:
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
genre:
Memoir

We gave it a B+

In an age of often pointless confessional writing, Gornick remains a master of purposeful personal narrative. Her “I” is a character, not the subject; her writing isn’t a speech, but an open dialogue. Through brief city vignettes (like a subway preacher who considers sunscreen proof that white people don’t belong on Earth), conversations with her pessimistic friend Leonard, and wise words from other writers, Gornick unfurls musings on the meaning of friendship, the comforting hum of urban life, and how we define ourselves against others. B+

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