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
“Yes: in terms of an authorial presence, I tried to tread lightly.”
Tags: 1990s, addiction, adolescence, Alexander Chee, beauty ideals, beauty industry, beauty standards, body image, Brianna Holt, Brideshead Revisited, Britney Spears, Catherine Lacey, cutting, Daniel Clowes, desire, disordered eating, eating disorders, Edie Sedgwick, Euphoria, female body, female body image, female friendship, female friendships, Forsyth Harmon, Framing Britney Spears, Ghost World, girlhood, Hermione Hoby, identity, illustrated novel, illustrator, Julie Buntin, Justine, Kate Moss, Leslie Jamison, LGBTQ, Long Island, Marlena, mary gaitskill, Melissa Febos, Milk Fed, Paul Stephens, Peter Bentley, queer, queerness, Quentin Blake, repressed queerness, samantha hunt, Sanaë Lemoine, Sarah Perry, self harm, sexual identity, sexuality, Sula, teenagers, The Art of the Affair, Tin House, Tin House Books, Toni Morrison, trauma, Two Girls Fat and Thin, visual art
Nicole Chung discusses her debut memoir, ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW.
Tags: adoptee, adoption, All You Can Ever Know, Asian American, birth family, birth parents, catapult, Crystal Hana Kim, family, identity, Julie Buntin, korean, Korean American, Marlena, memoir, motherhood, Nicole Chung, pregnancy, sisterhood, sisters, The Toast, transracial adoption
Rumpus editors suggest some of their favorite summertime reads!
Tags: Abandon Me, Against Memoir, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, alexandria marzano-lesnevich, Alissa Nutting, Analicia Sotelo, beach reads, Ben Gwin, Bethany C. Morrow, Camille Dungy, carmen maria machado, Caroline Moss, Catherine Lacey, celeste ng, Clean Time, Deborah Levy, Diane Seuss, Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You, gillian flynn, Good Bones, Heads of the Colored People, Her Body and Other Parties, Hey Ladies, How to Fall in Love with Anyone, J. M. Ledgard, Jasper Fforde, Jennifer Chang, Juliana Spahr, Julie Buntin, Laura Lippman, Little Fires Everywhere, Love Walked In, Made for Love, Maggie Smith, Mandy Len Catron, Marisa de los Santos, Marlena, Melissa Broder, Melissa Febos, MEM, Michelle Markowitz, Michelle Tea, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Oceanic, reading recommendations, Samantha Irby, Sarah Sweeney, Sharp Objects, Smith Blue, Some Say the Lark, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, Submergence, Sunburn, Swimming Home, Tana French, Tell Me If You're Lying, tessa fontaine, The Answers, The Electric Woman, The Eyre Affair, The Fact of a Body, The Likeness, The Pisces, virgin, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, What to Read When
A list of Rumpus editors’ favorite reads from 2017 thus far—books that have kept us sane, challenged us to work harder and think bigger, and kept us dreaming and hopeful.
Tags: 2017, Abandon Me, Achy Obejas, Ada Calhoun, Adventures in Form and Content, Albert Goldbarth, Animals Strike Curious Poses, Ars Botanica, Ayobami Adebayo, Bill Knott, Brittany Perham, Chanelle Benz, Chen Chen, Danzy Senna, David Grann, Dear Cyborgs, Donna M. Lucey, Double Portrait, Elena Passarello, Elif Batuman, Eugene Lim, Exit West, Florence in Ecstasy, Gabe Habash, Gypsy Moth Summer, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, I Am Flying into Myself, Jenny Zhang, Jessie Chaffee, Julia Fierro, Julie Buntin, Karolina Ramqvist, Killers of the Flower Moon, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Marlena, Melissa Febos, Mohsin Hamid, Morgan Parker, New People, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Rajiv Mohabir, reading list, reading recommendations, Roxane Gay, Samantha Irby, Sargent's Women, Sour Heart, Stay with Me, Stephen Florida, The Cowherd's Son, The Idiot, The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead, The Tower of the Antilles, The White City, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, Tim Taranto, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, What to Read When, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities
Julie Buntin discusses her debut novel,
Marlena, why writing about teenage girls is the most serious thing in the world, and finding truths in fiction. ...more
Tags: 2666, A Rumpus Interview, addiction, adolescence, alcohol, Bleak House, catapult, Chang-rae Lee, claire messud, Curtis Sittenfeld, David Copperfield, death, Dreamland, drug abuse, drugs, Edith Wharton, Eileen, elena ferrante, Elizabeth Bishop, eviction, female friendship, friendship, gender roles, grief, high school, Housekeeping, jane alison, Jane Eyre, Jo Ann Beard, Julie Buntin, justin torres, Lorrie Moore, loss, Margaret Atwood, Maria Anderson, Marilynne Robinson, Marina Benjamin, Marlena, MFA, Michigan, Middlemarch, my antonia, Native Speaker, Neapolitan Novels, Negroland, nine island, Otessa Moshfegh, Prep, Rachel Cusk, Rita Dove, rural life, Sarah Waters, saul bellow, Shirley Jackson, siblings, sisters, Tana French, teenage girls, teenagers, The Atlantic, The Boys of My Youth, The Golden Notebook, The Guardians, The House of Mirth, The Man Who Loved Children, The Middlepause, The Savage Detectives, Toni Morrison, trauma, we the animals, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, writing, zadie smith
Julie Buntin discusses her debut novel,
Marlena, the writers and books that influenced it, tackling addiction with compassion, and the magic of teenage girls. ...more
Tags: absent father, adaptations, addiction, adolescence, Book Club, Book clubs, book covers, catapult, craft, death, Dreamland, editing, Elizabeth Bishop, fathers, female friendship, Film, friendship, grief, Housekeeping, Julie Buntin, Kayla Rae Whitaker, likable characters, Lorrie Moore, loss, Marilynn Robinson, Marisa Siegel, Marlena, meth, Methland, Michigan, opiates, revision, Rita Dove, Rumpus Book Club, teenage girls, teenagers, television, The Animators, tweakers, unlikable characters, Ursula K. Le Guin, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, writing process
Melissa Febos discusses her new book
Abandon Me, choosing to be celibate for six months, letting go of our own mythologies, and the sexist reaction women receive when they write nonfiction. ...more
Tags: Abandon Me, anger, Bestiary, Book Club, brian spears, celibacy, Donald Trump, Donika Kelly, essay writing, essays, gender inequality, historical trauma, honesty, James Baldwin, Jesmyn Ward, Julie Buntin, Junot Diaz, Lidia Yuknavitch, Maggie Nelson, Marisa Siegel, Marlena, Melissa Febos, memoir, Monogamy, Music, mythology, Nick Flynn, nonfiction, psychology, Rebecca Solnit, research, Rick Hanson, Rumpus Book Club, sexism, The Neuroscience of Lasting Happiness, truth, Whip Smart, writing workshop
We’re very excited to share that our March Book Club pick is Marlena, the debut novel from Julie Buntin. Marlena tells the story of a powerful teenage friendship between two girls, and its aftermath. Edan Lepucki, author of the bestselling novel California, writes: In Marlena, Julie Buntin revitalizes a classic story making it all her own with sensuous, vibrant prose and a narrator […]