Nota Bene #115: RIP No. 32

“If you’re really pro-life, do me a favor—don’t lock arms and block medical clinics. If you’re so pro-life, lock arms and block cemeteries.” Who said it? Continue reading

WordsDay: Groff's Monsters is a lot more than just ambitious chick-lit

It might be easy to categorize Lauren Groff’s debut novel The Monsters of Templeton as chick-lit with literary pretensions.

After all, the main character, Willie Upton, returns to her hometown in self-imposed exile, disgraced and unsure how to find redemption. Willie’s single mother has issues. Her best friend has issues. Men are generally cads, jerks, comic foils not to be taken seriously, or manipulative bastards—or, at best, they move through the world oblivious to nearly everything around them.

There’s lots of soul searching, lots of feminine empowerment, lots of women-know-best-wink-wink, nudge-nudge, don’t-we-sisters?

But Groff’s novel is nearly perfect in all ways. Continue reading