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Northwood
Northwood | Maryse Meijer
10 posts | 10 read | 5 to read
"Northwood's mesmerizing alchemy is this: pain + desire + the deep, dark woods = a book so addictive you will inhale it in one breath. Meijer has made her own form, something new and wide-open, something as blissful and broken as the language of lovesickness itself." --Samantha Hunt, author of The Dark Dark "This strange and beautiful novel has everything I want: formal play, myths and fairy tales, the politics of art-making, the all-obliterating power and complexity of desire, a cabin in the woods. I can't wait to see what Maryse Meijer does next." --Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and Other Parties Part fairy tale, part horror story, Northwood is a genre-breaking novella told in short, brilliant, beautifully strange passages. The narrator, a young woman, has fled to the forest to pursue her artwork in isolation. While there, she falls in love with a married man she meets at a country dance. The man is violent, their affair even more so. As she struggles to free herself, she questions the difference between desire and obsession--and the brutal nature of intimacy. Packaged with a cover and end papers by famed English artist Rufus Newell and inventive, white-on-black text treatments by award-winning designer Jonathan Yamakami, Northwood is a work of art as well as a literary marvel.
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JMEdwards
Northwood | Maryse Meijer
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This weekend is going to put such a dent in my wallet! Stopped by #theLoft #OpenBook to pick up my wristbands for the #LoftWordplay and found these beauties at #MilkweedBooks.

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Purrsistently
Northwood | Maryse Meijer
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Panpan

You know how people joke that 50 Shades would be creepy and gross if the dude was some ugly hick instead of a suit wearing businessman?

This is that story, and I'll never unsee it. It gets points for gorgeous packaging though.

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mboots
Northwood | Maryse Meijer
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Pickpick

A young woman begins an affair with a married man and things get violent at timea. I like how the author puts the power of desire in the novella.

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BookAlongBlog
Northwood | Maryse Meijer
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Pickpick

5🌟
A strange but wonderful little book!
I read this lovely little collection very slowly over the last month or so. It was really quite stunning! The genres she blends are done so well. It's poetry, it's fairy tale, but it also reads like fiction. And it's very dark! But the writing was beautiful. Not to mention the black pages with white writing! It just added so much more to the overall experience.
#bookreview #bookblogger #booklover #poetry

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Redwritinghood
Northwood | Maryse Meijer
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Mehso-so

Part of the allure of this book seems to be the endpapers and white on black print in the HC. I read it as an ebook, so I was left with only the words. Told in poems and short prose sections, the story is of a woman living alone in a cabin in the woods to explore her art. While there, she has an intense, violent affair with a married man. Her obsession with him clouds the rest of her life. Often raw and real, but not as mesmerizing as I expected.

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Iamrooreads
Northwood | Maryse Meijer
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Beautiful inside and out

#novella #poems #coverart

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DannyOlda
Northwood | Maryse Meijer
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Definitely one of the best looking books I've bought in a while, hardcover with white text on black pages. Also, still really into book-length narrative poetry. This actually really seems like a collection of poems as a novella. Super interesting.

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shutupsmalls
Northwood | Maryse Meijer

The way the pen used to feel, / a weapon, drawing blood from the page; not a hymn, / not an homage– / why are the best songs love songs I want to draw / death but death doesn‘t make music. On the page or / elsewhere.