Friday, March 19, 2021

Five top obsessive female relationships in literature

Forsyth Harmon is the illustrator of The Art of the Affair by Catherine Lacey, and has collaborated with writers Alexander Chee, Hermione Hoby, Sanaë Lemoine, and Leslie Jamison. She is also the illustrator of the essay collection, Girlhood, by Melissa Febos. Forsyth’s work has been featured in The Believer, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Awl. She received an MFA from Columbia University and currently lives in New York.

Harmon's new novel is Justine.

At Lit Hub she tagged five favorite obsessive female relationships in literature, including:
Raven Leilani, Luster

Edie is a 23-year-old assistant book editor who joylessly sleeps with her coworkers. She becomes infatuated with a man exactly double her age, and it’s complicated—beyond just the age difference. Eric is white; Edie is Black. And Eric is in an open marriage, but it has a perimeter set by his wife, the eerily poised Rebecca. Edie blows this perimeter by entering their family’s home. When Rebecca catches Edie there, rather than kicking her out, she invites Edie to her and Eric’s anniversary party. And when Edie loses her job and is evicted from her apartment, Rebecca asks her to move in, based at least in part on the assumption that she can guide Rebecca and Eric’s Black adoptive daughter. Living side-by-side, Edie and Rebecca become partners—“two magnets of identical charge”—and Edie’s attention pivots from Eric to Rebecca, who is “sexy in the way a triangle can be sexy, the clean pivot from point A to B to C.”
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue