The Dissident (2006) In her celebrated 2003 story collection Lucky Girls , Nell Freudenberger proved she had chops. In The Dissident , her intricately plotted novel about a… 2006-08-15 Fiction Ecco Press
Book Review

The Dissident (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Aug 15, 2006; Writer: Nell Freudenberger; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Ecco Press

In her celebrated 2003 story collection Lucky Girls, Nell Freudenberger proved she had chops. In The Dissident, her intricately plotted novel about a Chinese performance artist-in-residence and the frayed Beverly Hills family who host him, she again experiments with voice. She flits into the heads of many characters, from an understimulated housewife to her overeager novelist sister-in-law, all the while exploring deep questions of family, art, and ambition. Freudenberger reserves the first person for her titular hero, adrift in a foreign land, but here her voice wobbles. Her ambition may have gotten in the way of her art, but what a treat to see a young writer taking risks.

Originally posted Aug 11, 2006 Published in issue #891-892 Aug 18, 2006 Order article reprints