A Paris Review Staff Pick, one of Chicago Tribune's 25 Hot Books of Summer, and one of The A.V. Club's 15 Most Anticipated Books of 2019A stark, elegiac account of unexpected pleasures and the progress of seasonsFifteen years ago, Kathryn Scanlan found a stranger's five-year diary at an estate auction in a small town in Illinois. The owner of the diary was eighty-six years old when she began recording the details of her life in the small book, a ...
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- This isn’t really a book, is it? Not in a way that someone would spend money on it, surely. Technically, yes, it’s formatted and published as a book, but realistically speaking it is 128 pages I was easily able to read in just under 15 minutes. This is beyond spare, beyond minimalistic, beyond bare bones even. It might work as a poetry volume, possibly, although it’s sparse even by those standards. Mood wise, again, might work for poetry. O...
- "Ever where glare of ice. We didn'tsleep too good. My pep has left me.D. & I out to cemetery towardevening. Flowers frozen. We arealone tonite."Kathryn Scanlan’s Aug 9—Fog is a rearrangement of sentences taken from a stranger’s diary she found at an estate auction 15 years ago. Its author is an 86-year-old woman whose annals sweep five years — 1968 to 1972 — and five seasons. From what I deduced of the language, the speaker — let’s ...
- A small, quiet experiment about a life lived. Day to day, storm to storm, death to death. A special artifact. I look forward to Scanlan's collection of brilliant short fiction!
- Glad there’s room in the world for something like this. Quiet and small, but beautiful. A perfectly titled experience.
- 2.5- this was such a smart intriguing idea and it was executed somewhat well for me but still left me desiring a little more. I think some will find what the book is telling and that’s amazing because it truly is a great swift little read but I was personally not a great fan of it, it’s so short and compact maybe I’ll revisit it in the future. Don’t be discouraged by my review not all books are for all people!
- What a bizarre little book! I enjoyed it very much, and even started to feel for the characters. The voice of the original writer still comes through.
- This is gorgeous.
- This book just wrecked me. Throughout the reading, I found myself jotting down ideas and fragments for my own pieces of flash/poetry. The ending! So minimal and timeless and surreal and moving. Makes you want to walk outside and write about the weather. Unlike anything I've read. Can't wait to read it again once I have the physical copy. Wow.
- —The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Editor-in-Chief, Paris Close. Read more.Kathryn Scanlan’s Aug 9—Fog is a rearrangement of sentences taken from a stranger’s diary she found at an estate auction 15 years ago. Its author is an 86-year-old woman whose annals sweep five years — 1968 to 1972 — and five seasons. From what I deduced of the language, the speaker — let’s call her Joan — is a black woman. I sensed this fr...
- I genuinely don't know what to feel about this book. In a way, I absolutely loved this. The idea for this project is the kind of thing I've always wanted to do. I accumulate similar odd antiques and curiosities and I think there's something sacred and fascinating about the ordinary parts of someone else's life. I don't know that this quite makes an $18.00 fabric fiction hardcover. It seems so much more like poetry. But that would be injecting poe...
- I wanted to like this book. I really did! I like the writer’s original work - I’m still totally anticipating her short story collection, The Dominant Animal - but I felt I was missing something with this short book. Maybe it’s the style, the sparse content that is given in each page? It’s minimalism, for sure. I’m going to revisit this one and hopefully it’s just a mood thing and a rereading of it will do the trick. I’m hopeful.
- I think it's actually a 3.5, but this is one of those things where I think the reader must be in the right mood for it to work. It's basically just some excerpts of an old woman's diary over 5 years -- is it fiction? is it some woman's actual diary? is it both? -- and while there are a few strong moments (esp. the end), it never felt like more than a trifle to me.
- This isn't a novel, it isn't a novella, it isn't a lot of things. This is short and reads more like poetry than anything else. Thanks to net galley for the ARC. It's an interesting conceit to take someone else's writing and "collage it" to make it "your own" but it comes out more as an art project than literature.
- This is a compilation of some pages taken from a diary that was bought at an auction by the author. The owner of the diary was 86 years old when she began writing in it. It's pretty random information about her day. The way she writes is interesting, kind of here and there about what happens throughout her days and nights. Very charming read.
- This is 3.5-4 probably for me right now. It’s a very short, quick read that I want to come back to. Even as I was reading it I could feel why the author said she couldn’t stop returning to the woman’s diary. It really was oddly compelling.
- My work gives me a soft spot for ordinary diaries of ordinary people—this was perfect.
- What a marvelous little weird thing, damn.
- *review in progress*