Bloomsbury Publishing. Mar. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781635572520. $27. LIT
Febos (English, Univ. of Iowa; Whip Smart) returns with a new collection of essays about the bridge between girlhood and womanhood. Dissecting the transitory innocence of adolescence, this latest work uses themes of sex and power to explore the old adage “What you think, you become.” Recounting self-destructive behaviors that led to her personal transformation and eventual salvation from drug addiction and social programming to please men, Febos’s newest collection of essays addresses misogyny from the inside out. From the dangers of stalkers, to enlightening revelations at cuddle parties, this work is powerful, raw, and provocative. With her signature rhythmic style and stream of consciousness propelling the narrative, the author’s critique of becoming is as tender as it is relentless. Febos’s writing possesses the same heartbreaking elegance and haunting lyricism as that of feminist authors Roxane Gay, Caitlin Moran, and Carmen Maria Machado.
VERDICT A thought-provoking collection that will appeal to fans of fierce feminist prose. The inclusion of occasional poetry is a bonus.
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