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The Reader the Writer
The Reader the Writer | Vesna Main
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A woman is writing a novel. She is the Writer. Each evening, her partner comes home and they talk about her work that day. He is the Reader. Her novel describes a married couple and their attempts to cope with the revelation that the husband has been seeing prostitutes over a number of years. The wife is torn between her radical feminist past, when she made friends with a streetwalker, and the hatred she feels for the women who have ruined her marriage. The husband becomes increasingly alienated as his world collapses around him. The Writer uses more and more details of her partner's life to define the character of the husband, while the Reader bridles at the controlling mentality he sees in both the Writer and the wife. The boundary between fiction and fact dissolves until the fate of the Reader and Writer is in the hands of the characters they have created.
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Goldsmith's Prize shortlist readings. Lucy Ellmann is really funny. Deborah Levy is really fun. Loved Good Day? by the tagged author who read with her husband. Excellent evening.

squirrelbrain Sounds like a fab evening! I‘m about a third of the way through Ducks, Newburyport and loving it so far! 2mo
jhod @squirrelbrain oh that's great to know. She read it so well! I have it on my shelf and am deciding whether I save it for a holiday or just jump in! 2mo
jhod 2mo
squirrelbrain I would say ‘jump in‘ - I don‘t think you can read it all in one go ( well I‘m not anyway). I‘m dipping in and out whilst reading other books too.... 2mo
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