Thursday, August 14, 2014

American Innovations

Title: American Innovations
Author: Galchen, Rivka
Call Number: PS 3607 .A4116 A6 2014
Location: 2nd Floor Arts and Humanities
Rating: Highly Recommended
Book Review: This book is a collection of short stories, all with female narrators and inspired (except one) by well-known short stories written by men.  I saw a review for Galchen's book in the LA Times and found her idea of recreating famous works from a female perspective fascinating.  Some of the male authors mentioned in the review were: James Joyce, Haruki Murakami, Nikolai Gogol and Jorge Luis Borges. Unfortunately, I usually do not read fiction, so most of the literary connections were unclear to me.  Even so, I thoroughly enjoyed Galchen's writing style and her humor.  I highly recommend this book for any lover of fiction.  I would think it should be a lot of fun matching Galchen's stories centered on females, with the various male versions.
Submitted By: Theresa Paulsrud
Department: Leatherby Libraries
Status: Staff

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