The Late Work of Margaret Kroftis begins during the later days of Margaret Kroftis's life. She is a writer, living alone. As she experiences a personal tragedy, the narrative moves forward in an emotionally coherent manner that exists separately from linear time. Themes of loss and grief cycle and repeat and build upon each other. They affect the text and create a complex structure of cross-hatched narratives within narratives. These mirror each other while also telling unique stories of loss that are both separate from Margaret's as well as deeply intertwined.
The Late Work of Margaret Kroftis creates a world in which a woman's life is refracted through dreamlike logic. Coupled with the spare language in which it is written, this logic distorts and heightens the emotional truths the characters come to terms with, while elevating them beyond the simply literal.
An aging writer, Margaret, comes home to find her house has burnt down with her dog trapped inside. Later, while contemplating a piece of writing in bed, she dies herself. But then she is alive again, teaching a writing class. Driven by an ingenious dream-logic, THE LATE WORK OF MARGARET KROFTIS spins out a web of interconnected vignettes, each somehow wrapped around the theme of death, each inhabited by the dead themselves. Part of Akashic Book's "Little House on the Bowery" series, Mark Gluth's debut novel skillfully breaks the conventional rules of reality while never straying from its own unique, illusive, and compelling aesthetic system.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Literary, Human Qualities + Behavior, Types of Characters, Stages of Life
- Akashic Books
- January 1, 2010
- January 1, 2010
- Mark Gluth