FICTION

Valerie

Farrar. Aug. 2019. 368p. ISBN 9780374151911. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374720612. F
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A. You want a cohesive narrative. B. You believe character development is important. C. You’re not sure who Silk Boy is. D. You are positive there is no desert in the state of Georgia. E: You think Dorothy was a bad mother. F: You want to learn more about CosmoGirl. Narrator: You seem to be fixated on story. Valerie: You seem more interested in form and structure than telling my story. Narrator: I like to take liberties. Valerie: I thought this novel was going to be about me. Narrator: It is. I’m watching you die and watching you grow up. Valerie: I can’t tell which part came first, you’re mixing it all up. Narrator: It’s more fun this way. Valerie: My life was not fun. Narrator: No, that’s why I focus on the bodily fluids so much. Valerie: Do you think I’m crazy? Narrator: That’s for Dr. Ruth Cooper to decide. Why am I only allowed to make speeches and proclamations? Narrator: Because you wrote a manifesto, the SCUM Manifesto.
VERDICT Editor: A fictionalized account of radical feminist Valerie Solanos from former Swedish Academy member Stridsberg. Valerie: I think the movie they made about me, I Shot Andy Warhol, was better. Maybe you should watch that instead. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]

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