To have lost, found, and then lost again seems especially wrenching, a kind of unmothering. ...more
Tags: adoption, birth mother, book review, Campus Cuties, childhood, childhood trauma, Chin-Sun Lee, Cornell University, Dare Wright, debut collection, debut memoir, divorce, dollhouse, dolls, Domecon, fairy tale, family, family history, feminism, feminist, gender inequality, gender roles, Jean Nathan, John Broadus Watson, literary tropes, marriage, Megan Culhane Galbraith, memoir, memoir-in-essays, memories, memory, motherhood, mothering, mothers, patriarchy, photographs, photography, review, The Guild of the Infant Saviour: An Adopted Child's Memory Book, The Lonely Doll, The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll, trauma
Agent Rob McQuilkin and editor Helen Atsma discuss AFTERPARTIES by Anthony Veasna So.
Tags: Afterparties, Alex Torres, Anthony Veasna So, Anthony Veasna So Fiction Prize, Cambodian American, Cressida Leyshon, David Remnick, debut collection, Ecco, first book, genocide, Greg Mania, Helen Atsma, immigrants, inherited trauma, Khmer Rouge, LGBTQ, literary tropes, mark krotov, n+1, new yorker, Paris Review, queer, queerness, refugees, Rob Bingham, Rob McQuilkin, short fiction, short stories, story collection
To say the past is in the past ignores the abundant ways it controls their lived experience. ...more
Tags: Aline Ohanesian, American Dream, Aram Ghoogasian, Aram Mrjoian, Armenia, Armenian American, Armenian diaspora, Armenian genocide, Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia, ASALA, Chris Bohjalian, Chris McCormick, debut novel, diaspora literature, diasporic, family, genocide, historical trauma, identity, immigrants, immigration, john steinbeck, Kirovakan, literary tropes, Mark T. Mustian, masculinity, memory, Micheline Aharonian Marcom, Ocean Vuong, Of Mice and Men, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Orhan’s Inheritance, Ottoman Empire, professional wrestling, Racism, representation, Rubina Peroomian, The Armenian Genocide in Literature: The Second Generation Responds, The Gendarme, The Gimmicks, The Sandcastle Girls, tropes, Viet Thanh Nguyen, We Are More, wrestling, xenophobia
Jonathan Parks-Ramage discusses his debut novel, YES, DADDY.
Tags: #metoo, abusive relationship, abusive relationships, Amazon Studios, Bryan Singer, Christianity, codependency, conversion therapy, daddies, debut novel, domestic abuse, domestic violence, dysfunctional relationships, Evangelical, evangelical Christianity, fathers, fathers and sons, gaslight, gaslighting, gay, gay nightlife, Greg Mania, Hamptons, identity, Internet, Jonathan Parks-Ramage, Kevin Spacey, legal system, LGBTQ, literary tropes, Long Island, New Abbey, Patrick Moran, power dynamics, power inequality, privilege, queer, queer literature, queer relationships, queer representation, religion, representation, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual violence, spirituality, Stephen Dunn, tropes, wealth, Yes Daddy
Anna North discusses her new novel, OUTLAWED.
Tags: America Pacifica, American history, American West., Anna North, bank robbery, body autonomy, Brit Bennett, Brokeback Mountain, childbirth, childhood trauma, eugenics, faith, feminism, feminist, fertility, gender roles, gender stereotypes, infertility, literary tropes, marriage, midwife, midwives, Old West, Outlawed, outlaws, postpartum depression, pregnancy, Racism, religion, reproductive health, reproductive rights, sexuality, teenagers, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, The Mothers, trauma, tropes, wild west, witchcraft, women's bodies, Yasmin Roshanian
Karen Tucker discusses her debut novel, BEWILDERNESS.
Tags: addiction, Aram Mrjoian, Bewilderness, Black Ankle, class inequality, COVID, COVID-19, debut novel, female friendship, friendship, gallows humor, hillbilly elegy, Julie Buntin, Karen Tucker, literary tropes, Mark Winegardner, Marlena, Naloxone, Narcan, North Carolina, opioid crisis, opioid epidemic, opioids, pandemic, poverty, Publishing, publishing industry, rejection, rural, rural America, rural life, setting, sobriety, substance use disorder, The Andy Griffith Show, trauma, tropes, Troy, Uwharrie Mountains
“I wanted to write a story that doesn’t shy away from the problems but one that’s also hopeful.”
Tags: Ali Wong, All Things Cease to Appear, Anjali Enjeti, book covers, book design, book jackets, child bride, child marriage, cover art, cover design, COVID, COVID-19, Dear Girls, Elizabeth Brundage, How I Became a Tree, India, Indian, jhumpa lahiri, literary tropes, Madhushree Ghosh, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, New Delhi, Otessa Moshfegh, pandemic, parties, patriarchy, Sayantani Dasgupta, Shadow City: Getting Lost in Kabul, short fiction, short stories, short story, south asian, Southbound, story collection, Sumana Roy, Taran Khan, The Clothing of Books, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, tropes, Women Who Misbehave, zoom
The brutality of frat culture, Nugent suggests, is a veneer that hardly masks its devotees’ miseries and insecurities. ...more
Tags: adolescence, Animal House, Benjamin Nugent, book review, campus rape, cliche, cliches, college, E. M. Forster, fraternities, Fraternity, gender binary, groupthink, hazing, homophobia, Intimacy, linked stories, literary tropes, masculinity, Maurice, millennial, millennials, misogyny, patriarchy, queerness, review, sara krolewski, satire, sexual assault, sexual violence, short fiction, short stories, toxic masculinity, tropes, umass amherst, violence
Gabriela Garcia discusses her debut novel, OF WOMEN AND SALT.
Tags: class inequality, Cuba, Cuban diaspora, epigenetics, family, family history, Gabriela Garcia, Greg Mania, historical trauma, immigrants, immigration, inherited trauma, intergenerational trauma, Latinx, Latinx literature, literary tropes, Mexico, Miami, mothers, Of Women and Salt, racial inequality, Victor Hugo
“Thinking about blurring those lines got me closer to the truth of the clichés.”
Tags: A Lover’s Discourse, Barthes, Bourdieu, Cam & Beau, Cam and Beau, critical theory, debut novel, Derrida, drugs, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Foucault, friendship, gender, gender roles, genre, genre fiction, Jonathan Leal, LGBTQ, literary theory, literary tropes, love, love songs, love stories, love story, Maria Cichosz, Middlemen, queer, queerness, relationships, romance novels, sexuality, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Toronto, unrequited love
Patsy’s imagined freedom in America, she discovers almost immediately, was an illusion. ...more
Tags: American Dream, book review, caribbean, colonialism, cutting, gender roles, gender stereotypes, identity, immigrants, immigration, Jamaica, Keishel Williams, Lesbian, LGBTQ, literary tropes, Liveright, marriage, migration, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Patsy, queer, relationships, review, self harm, single motherhood, Single Mothers
Get creative! “Brian” could become “Bryawn,” courter of women, slayer of ogres. ...more
Tags: dragons, elves, fantasy, fantasy novels, Funny Women, gender disparity, gender inequality, gender roles, gender stereotypes, genre writing, humor, humor writing, Laurel Dixon, literary tropes, magic, tropes
“While the past remains always present, old women exist in the present.”
Tags: A Room Of One's Own, ageism, aging, aging women, Alzheimer's, Approaches to Teaching Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Christine H. Lee, Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, Debra Dean, dementia, Elizabeth Taylor, fairy tales, gender inequality, gender roles, Jeanne Ray, Julie and Romeo, Leonora Carrington, literary tropes, male gaze, Margaret Drabble, Mills College, Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, old women, patriarchy, Ruth O. Saxton, Ruth Saxton, She Writes, She Writes Press, TBI, The Book of Old Ladies, The Book of Old Ladies: Celebrating Women of a Certain Age in Fiction, The Dark Flood Rises, The Girl: Constructions of the Girl in Contemporary Fiction by Women, The Hearing Trumpet, the madonnas of leningrad, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Toni Cade Bambara, traumatic brain injury, virginia woolf, Woolf and Lessing: Breaking the Mold
[W]hat was going wrong? Why were our stories not being written or published? ...more
Tags: ageism, aging, aging women, Alice Walker, Antonia, book excerpt, Carolyn Heilbrun, charlotte bronte, Doris Lessing, Edith Wharton, excerpt, exclusive excerpt, female characters, feminism, feminist, Flannery O'Connor, gender, gender inequality, grace paley, grandmother, grandmothers, Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, Jo March, Kate Chopin, literary tropes, Lizzie Bennet, louisa may alcott, Rumpus exclusive, Ruth O. Saxton, She Writes, stereotypes, The Book of Old Ladies, The Diary of a Good Neighbour, The Last Gift of Time, Tillie Olsen, Toni Morrison, virginia woolf, willa cather, zora neale hurston
Genevieve Hudson discusses her debut novel, BOYS OF ALABAMA.
Tags: A Little in Love with Everyone, adolescence, Adrienne Maree Brown, Alabama, alison bechdel, american south, angela davis, Are Prisons Obsolete, audre lorde, Boys of Alabama, Catie Hannigan, COVID-19, Deep South, Emergent Strategy, football, Gender Identity, genderqueer, Genevieve Hudson, homophobia, jim crow, Leni Zumas, LGBTQ, literary tropes, Liveright, misfits, Pleasure Activism, police brutality, Pretend We Live Here, queer, queer literature, Roy G. Guzmán, rural, rural America, rural life, segregation, sexism, slavery, Southern, Southern Gothic, Stonewall, systemic racism, teenagers, toxic masculinity, tropes, Tuscaloosa, White Supremacy
Kate Reed Petty discusses her debut novel, TRUE STORY.
Tags: #metoo, A Visit from the Goon Squad, Cloud Atlas, debut novel, feminism, feminist, form, gender inequality, genre, genre fiction, genre writing, graphic novel, humor, humor writing, Kate Reed Petty, literary tropes, Making the Leap, narrative structure, Rape culture, screenplays, sexual assault, Silence of the Lambs, storytelling, The Leak, TJ Fuller, tropes, True Story, writing humor
When Ashleigh Bryant Phillips lets loose, she can shock. ...more
Tags: alan watts, alison van houten, american south, Ashleigh Bryant Phillips, Become What You Are, book review, C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize, debut collection, depression, Flannery O'Connor, kink, lauren groff, linked stories, literary tropes, morality, North Carolina, review, rural, rural America, rural life, short fiction, short stories, sleepovers, Southern, Southern Gothic, Southern Gothic literature, tropes, Truman Capote, violence
“I hope it will mean as much to readers as it does to me.”
Tags: Cathy Ulrich, Chloe N. Clark, Cotton Xenomorph, dead girl, flash fiction, Frankie Mxsgendered, Ghosts of You, horror, Indigenous, literary tropes, murder, Murdered Ladies, Okay Donkey, on monsters, repetition, short fiction, short stories, story collection, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, tropes, violence, violence against women
“I love play, I love playfulness, play is fun and extremely serious.”
Tags: Africa, Allegra Hyde, House of Stone, humor, Iowa Writers' Workshop, literary tropes, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, writing humor, writing process, Zimbabwe
I couldn’t help but see these women-led stories as missed opportunities. ...more
Tags: Barbara Stanwyck, Brie Larson, Captain Marvel, Chloe Cole, Darrell Steffensmeier, David Fincher, dead girl, Double Indemnity, Ed Gein, empowerment, feminism, feminist, femme fatale, femme fatales, gender inequality, gender roles, gender stereotypes, gillian flynn, Girl Power, Gone Girl, In the Woods, Kate Mara, Lady Killers, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, literary tropes, Little Scarlet, misogyny, murder, murderer, noir, rape, sexual trauma, sexual violence, Sharp Objects, SVU, Tana French, trope, violence, violence against women, Walter Mosley
Nicole Dennis-Benn discusses her second novel, PATSY.
Tags: abortion, American Dream, audre lorde, Book Club, edwidge danticat, Eva Woods, gender, gender inequality, gender roles, gender stereotypes, Here Comes the Sun, immigrant, immigrants, immigration, Jamaica, James Baldwin, LGBTQ, literary tropes, Marisa Siegel, meritocracy, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Patsy, Paule Marshall, pregnancy, queer, Racism, Reggae Boys, Rumpus Book Club, sexuality, The Rumpus Book Club, Toni Morrison, tropes
Steph Post discusses her new novel, MIRACULUM.
Tags: 1920s, Carnival, Carnivale, circus, fathers, fathers and daughters, first lines, first sentences, gender roles, Grady Stiles, historical fiction, Hollywood, horror, Joe McKennon, literary tropes, Marc Hartzman, Miraculum, outsider narratives, Polis Books, research, Steph Post, Tabitha Blankenbiller, tarot, tropes, villains
Jon McGregor discusses his newest novel,
Reservoir 13, his writing process, and why he chose not to sidestep the “missing girl” trope. ...more
Tags: Alice Oswald, Book Club, By the Lake, carmen maria machado, characters, Dart, Derbyshire, gender roles, Her Body and Other Parties, Jesmyn Ward, Jessica Westhead, John McGahern, Jon McGregor, literary tropes, male violence, Marisa Siegel, Miranda July, missing girl, mystery, Reservoir 13, Rumpus Book Club, Sing Unburied Sing, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, Tom Drury, Wallace Stevens, writing process
Roxane Gay discusses her new collection,
Difficult Women, the problem with whiteness as the default and the need for diverse representation, and life as a workaholic. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Abigail Bereola, African American Literature, ambition, An Untamed State, ayiti, bad feminist, black ambition, Black Panther, body image, Break All the Way Down, Comics, crazy women, Difficult Women, diversity, Donald Trump, election 2016, essays, fame, gender, gender norms, genre, Gina Prince-Bythewood, grief, Haiti, hunger, Joyland, literary tropes, loss, Marvel, masculinity, memoir, obesity, Pain, rape, representation, Roxane Gay, sexual violence, short fiction, short stories, siblings, sisters, stories, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Hunger Games, trauma, Trump, Twins, twitter, violence, VQR, weight, whiteness, women writers, Women Writers of Color, workaholic, World of Wakanda, writers of color
Jeremy P. Bushnell discusses his new novel,
The Insides, themes of consent, and designing a post-apocalyptic board game. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, activism, Anders Breivik, animals, anti-semitism, black lives matter, Blogs, board games, butcher, Cinema without People, Comics, Donald Trump, doomsday, Dungeons and Dragons, dystopia, farming, Internet, Jeremy P Bushnell, literary fiction, literary tropes, magic, melville house, MFA, New York City, Norway, Politics, psychic, Racism, Republican National Convention, Restaurants, Ricardo Herrera Bandrich, RNC, sci-fi, science fiction, survivalism, survivalist, The Insides, The Weirdness, time travel, trope, Trump, VIDA, vida count, white power, white supremacists
Literary Hub has posted a gem of an essay from Saul Bellow; he riffs on literary tropes, the trajectory of the novel, and how, even if it’s gotten close, it’s never actually dying: We know that science has a future, we hope that government will have one. But it is not altogether agreed that the novel has […]