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Bodily Harm by Margaret Atwood
Bodily Harm by Margaret Atwood
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Although I have not read many Atwood novels, when I pick up one of her books I expect to be provoked intellectually and emotionally. Bodily Harm kept me reading well into the night, and I was amazed at Atwood's ability to write so evocatively. I noticed early on that while I did not like Rennie, the main character, I did empathize with her. Before breast cancer hits her, Rennie is the 'every woman' and not in a positive sense. Breast cancer and the ensuing chaos in her life leads her to question her purpose as a survivor. The theme of finding a purpose in the midst of tragedy is used often in popular fiction, and Atwood does a good job with it. The synopsis of this book sounds trite,… Read more
Liliane: A Novel by Ntozake Shange
Liliane: A Novel by Ntozake Shange
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrically beautiful prose, March 10 2001
I had only known Ntozake Shange through her choreopoem, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide, so I was very curious about her prose writing. I found this book very beautifully written and well crafted. This book is about an artist, Liliane, who journeys into memories of her childhood. As a product of an interracial marriage, Liliane must struggle to define herself and what color means in her life.

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