Saturday, June 18, 2022

Eight books about the delights of delusion

Ashley Hutson is a writer living in rural Maryland. Her work has appeared in Granta, Electric Literature, Catapult, Fanzine, and elsewhere. Her honors include the 2018 Small Fictions Award, judged by Aimee Bender, and several Pushcart Prize nominations.

Hutson's new novel, One's Company, is among BuzzFeed's Must-Read Summer Books.

At Electric List she tagged eight books "about characters who create their own version of reality," including:
Mrs. March by Virginia Feito

This book concerns those quiet, small lies we tell ourselves every day that can shape an entire life. Written in third-person, this book has a timeless quality that feels refreshing in the current first-person-obsessed literary landscape. The title character goes on a mission to understand her writer husband’s, um, creative licenses with her life and character. We get a peek into the day-to-day happenings of a woman deep in denial.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue