Sunday, February 20, 2022

Seven novels told from both members of a couple

Robin Kirman studied philosophy at Yale before receiving her MFA in writing from Columbia, where she also taught for several years. Her curiosity about humanpsychology has led her to combine work in psychoanalysis with writing fiction. Her first novel, Bradstreet Gate, was published by Crown in 2015, and her television series The Love Wave is currently in development.

Kirman's new novel is The End of Getting Lost.

At Lit Hub Kirman tagged seven novels that alternate between the voices of members in a couple, specifically where this is more than a device: where it’s an examination of one of the central concerns we lonely humans have—how much can we ever really know of another, or be known? How close to another living soul can we ever truly come?
One title on the list:
Tayari Jones, An American Marriage

An American Marriage is the story of a couple torn apart by an instance of racial injustice, but the novel goes on to explore other more universal forces that can erode intimacy in our contemporary culture, including the powers of less overt prejudice and the seductions of success. Among the provocative themes on display is the way Celestial, as an artist, both honors and exploits her husband’s suffering in her art – a moment that perhaps implicates the writer and brings creative expression into tension with personal commitments. In some respects, this complex and lovely novel reaches back to Anna Karenina in depicting how society’s injustices set the path for our own private betrayals.
Read about another entry on the list.

An American Marriage is among Christopher Louis Romaguera's nine books about mistaken identity, Scarlett Harris's eight classic and contemporary novels, written by women, that offer insight into damaged male psyches, Tochi Onyebuchi's seven books about surviving political & environmental disasters, Ruth Reichl's six novels she enjoyed listening to while cooking, Brad Parks's top eight books set in prisons, Sara Shepard's six top stories of deception,and Julia Dahl's ten top books about miscarriages of justice.

--Marshal Zeringue