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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

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“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”

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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 …

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The Mothers II: Complicated Heroines

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By Angelina Eimannsberger *Please note that this essay references major developments of The Mothers’ plot in its discussion of complicated heroines. Please read the novel, if you haven’t already, and then come back to this essay so we wont spoil your experience of plot and character development* The main character of Brit Bennett’s The Mothers, Nadia Turner is a complicated heroine who stands out in …

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The Mothers: Care and Masculinity

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by Ian Kennedy The Mothers, in accord with its title, is concerned with motherhood, femininity, and women’s homosocial care. Its author, Brit Bennet, takes on the intricacies of those relationships with grace, carefully constructing both the interaction and interiority of her characters. I expected those themes when I picked up the book, and I enjoyed their masterful development. As a male reader, …

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The Friendship Plot: A new focus in story telling on women and their lives in the novels of Elena Ferrante

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by Angelina Eimannsberger Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels–My Brilliant Friend (2012), The Story of a New Name (2013), Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (2014), and The Story of the Lost Child (2015)–have created hype among American readers since Europa editions made them available in English translation. The story of Elena, the narrator, and her friend Lila begins when they are young girls in a relatively poor, violent, …

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NEW SERIES: American Women and Their Novels

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By Angelina Eimannsberger We are excited to announce our new series, “American Women and Their Novels,” in which we look at what women are reading in contemporary America, starting with INDULGENCE’s April pick, The Mothers by Brit Bennet. The books in this series are curated to speak to a variety of experience of different women. We aim to create a canon of …