I don’t know what to do with this book. Some aspects were great. Some were really infuriating in ways I can’t decide if he meant to be. Maybe I just don’t want to read a book that’s about white people’s feelings about not being white, which is what the vast majority of this is.
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2023 Reading Goal
38% complete! sarah has read 19 of 50 books.
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Content warning This was tolerable until it became clear how the tension was going to resolve and then I was furious.
I knew that the maid who looked just like her was doomed, but that there didn't seem to be any hesitations about inventing a poor woman who could be sacrificed to save the rich woman just is infuriating.
Fucking hell. I put this off for years because I wasn’t sure I was ready for its sustained grief (and because as a one-time Shakespeare professor, I usually stay away from fiction about him). The grief is hard and circles everything. It’s not easy, but it’s beautiful and I’m glad I read it and I’ll be thinking about it for a long while.
I read it and I enjoyed it but I also judged it hard. Power play can be a fun dynamic but actually fucking your daughter’s best friend while they’re in your house and without telling your kid is just wrong. But you might feel differently if you don’t have young adult kids.