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“Kiss More Boys” — An Interview With Author Rakesh Satyal

In Current, Featured, Narrative by Angelina Eimannsberger

Indulgence editor Angelina Eimannsberger had the great fortune to get an email interview with Rakesh Satyal, author of the Lambda Award winning novel “Blue Boy.” She asked him a few questions, about his wonderful new novel “No One Can Pronounce My Name” and about advice he has for fellow writers. Angelina: If you don’t mind set the scene for us– Where …

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Boy meets girl, they walk through a magic door: Book Review of “Exit West”

In Book and Theme Posts, Monthly Book Picks, Narrative by Angelina Eimannsberger

By Angelina Eimannsberger “In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, a young man met a young woman in a classroom and did not speak to her.” (3) This is how Mohsin Hamid’s novel Exit West opens. The main characters Nadia and Saeed live in a country on the …

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Write Yourself Free: Marie Deaconu-Baylon “North for Sun”

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By Angelina Eimannsberger David Foster Wallace, the millennial hero who published Infinite Jest and a few other existential, arcane, highly celebrated books, and then killed himself, has been portrayed by Jason Segel in a feature film, and graced many social media bios and captions with his turn of phrase that “every love story is a ghost story” also gave a …

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Conversations of Men and Women in Rachel Cusk’s “Outline”

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By Angelina Eimannsberger Outline (2014) is the first novel of Rachel Cusk’s critically acclaimed trilogy on female experience, followed by Transit (2016) and a forthcoming third installment, Kudos. The cis hetero female narrator, like Cusk, is a writer, divorced, a mother (in real life of two daughters, in the novel of two sons, so clearly gender difference matters here), and undermines …

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Men, terrorism, and circular destruction: Karan Mahajan’s “The Association of Small Bombs”

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By Angelina Eimannsberger Karan Mahajan’s The Association of Small Bombs is a story about terrorism. Intensely located in Delhi, India, and made relatable through a cast of characters of careful interiority and great depth, it is a universal story of disenfranchisement and violence. The plot, with only minor variations, could take place anywhere in a world shaken into feverishness by …

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Emma Cline’s “The Girls”: Seeing Evie

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By Angelina Eimannsberger Emma Cline’s 2016 debut The Girls is set in 1960s California. The novel tells the story of 14 year old Evie drifting in and out of a cult, of her fascination for the girls in it, especially Suzanne, and Evie’s shock at the violence its members commit. A confused, lonely teenager with divorced and clueless parents, Evie’s sexuality is a mystery even to herself. …

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Sincere feminism: Mindy Kaling’s narrative of confidence, hard work, and pleasure

In Feminism, Narrative, Pop Culture, Women and Novels by indulgence_old

“It’s so weird being my own role model. I recommend it.” –Mindy Lahiri, “The Mindy Project,” S1 E1 “Confidence is just entitlement. Entitlement has gotten a bad rap […] But entitlement is simply the belief that you deserve something. Which is great. The hard part is, you’d better make sure you deserve it […] I’m usually hyper-prepared for whatever I …

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Literature as Nurture in “The Namesake”

In Book and Theme Posts, Narrative, Women and Novels by indulgence_old

By Angelina Eimannsberger Jhumpa Lahiri’s first novel, The Namesake, might seem like an American immigrant story like we’ve seen before: Bengali parents arrive in Massachusetts, raise their Indian American children there, and all of them struggle with loneliness, belonging, and freedom, if in their own ways. The Namesake, though, is a beautiful and observant novel. It is set apart from other storytelling about the immigrant experience by its insistence …