Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence The first 100 pages of Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence are fast, nasty, and promising. Set in a cramped college town, it centers on a… Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence The first 100 pages of Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence are fast, nasty, and promising. Set in a cramped college town, it centers on a… 2013-06-04 Fiction Algonquin Books
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Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence (2013)

Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence by David Samuel Levinson
Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence by David Samuel Levinson
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jun 04, 2013; Writer: David Samuel Levinson; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Algonquin Books

The first 100 pages of Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence are fast, nasty, and promising. Set in a cramped college town, it centers on a woman grieving her mysteriously dead writer husband. She blames her loss on a book critic, a former boyfriend and current tenant who derailed her husband's career with a damning review. Meanwhile, the critic's lover, a writer herself, hovers like an eager gnat, looking to mine their drama for her next novel. There are some great melodramatic scenes, full of delicious prose, but in the end the various plotlines grow exhausting and convoluted. Writers can be so tedious. B

Originally posted May 22, 2013 Published in issue #1261-1262 May 31, 2013 Order article reprints
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