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Lynn Steger Strong. Holt, $25.99 (224p) ISBN 978-1-250-24754-4
Strong’s impressive follow-up to Hold Still explores the energy it takes for women to sustain themselves in a world that leaves them feeling “less than, knocked down, not quite in control.” Now living in New York City, Elizabeth and her unnamed husband are “eighties babies, born of plenty, cloistered by whiteness... brought up to think that if we checked off certain boxes we’d be fine.” Elizabeth has a PhD, but tenure-track professorship remains out of reach, and her husband, the first in his family to attend college, once worked for Lehman Brothers and now struggles to get a carpentry business off the ground. Due to their unstable employment and scant insurance coverage for her C-section and root canals, they are deep in debt (“my body almost single-handedly bankrupted us”). As the couple advance through the bankruptcy process, buoyed by their love for their young children and at times each other, Elizabeth becomes caught up in repeating an old pattern with her friend, Sasha, who is anxious about her pregnancy after a previous miscarriage. Strong unpacks the fraught history of Elizabeth and Sasha’s friendship dating back to their teenage years, delivering great insight on how the exhausted women have found themselves wanting—male attention, babies, choices, recognition, respect—as they compromise their dreams in order to survive. This is well worth a look. (July)
Reviewed on : 04/20/2020
Release date: 07/07/2020
Genre: Fiction
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