March 19, 2013
March 19, 2013
"What's new. What else. What next. What's happened here." Pitch Dark, Renata Adler's follow up to her prize winning book Speedboat, is a book of questions. It is also a book of false starts, red herrings, misunderstandings, and all-too-fleeting revelations. Kate Ennis is poised at a critical moment in her affair with a married lover, and moments (conversations, things unsaid, misunderstandings) of that fraught relationship reverberate throughout the novel, following Kate from her house in rural Connecticut and her New York City brownstone apartment, to a small island off the coast of Washington, and to an utterly dark road in a remote corner of Ireland. Told in Adler's celebrated fragmented style, and constructed from the bare bones language of everyday life, Pitch Dark transcends its parts to come to the kind of wisdom achievable only after a relentless quest. ?Renata Adler has succeeded with Kate in creating a character worth the trouble of writing and reading about, because of Kate's lively ideas, her intelligent opinions, her funny narrative style and her wonderful access to her own honesty. We feel for her plight, her broken heart, her love story.? ?Muriel Spark, The New York Times
Journalist Kate Ennis is trying to break off a long-term affair with a married man, and in order to distance herself both physically and emotionally, she takes a trip to Ireland. She is, indeed, distracted, but not in a positive way. An incident involving her rental car leads her to suspect she has been unknowingly involved in criminal activity, and her growing paranoia about the IRA and terrorism escalates to extreme levels. Complex and non-linear, the novel is widely considered to be among Adler's finest works.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Literary, General
- Publisher: New York Review of Books
- Pages: 154
- Language: English
- Author: Renata Adler
- Online Item #: 14344174
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-81-7171
- ISBN: 9781590176146
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported