Victoria Patterson is the author of Drift, a book of stories, and three novels: This Vacant Paradise, The Peerless Four, and The Little Brother. Her second collection of stories, The Secret Habit of Sorrow, published July 2018.
A Nice Hobby, Like Knitting: On Barbara Pym
Now recognized as a master for her wry, comic novels of spinsters and clergymen, Barbara Pym was unpublished until the very end of her life....
Minding Other People’s Business: On Dawn Powell
Powell had bad luck, and she received less attention than her male colleagues, but throughout it all, she kept writing....
On Merritt Tierce’s Love Me Back...
No Girls Allowed: On “Queens of Noise”
The Runaways: punk icons, feminist icons, hard-rock icons....
Refusal to Cooperate: The Afterlife of "Zeitoun"
On Mailer, Eggers, and the protagonists that walk off the page....
The Strangeness of Reality: Chris Kraus’s Summer of Love
CATT DUNLOP, the heroine of Chris Kraus’s novel Summer of Hate, is a 44-year old cultural art critic with ...
Not Pretty: On Edith Wharton and Jonathan Franzen
Do we even have to say that physical beauty is beside the point when discussing the work of a major author?...
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