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Laura van den Berg

Autor(a) de Find Me

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Image credit: Author Laura van den Berg at the 2015 Texas Book Festival. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44361948

Obras por Laura van den Berg

Associated Works

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008 (2008) — Contribuidor — 468 exemplares
xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths (2013) — Contribuidor — 280 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 275 exemplares
The Best American Mystery Stories 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 93 exemplares
Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers (2019) — Contribuidor — 67 exemplares
Best New American Voices 2010 (2009) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Apple, Tree: Writers on Their Parents (2019) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Fairy Tale Review: The Grey Issue — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
País (no mapa)
Local de nascimento
Florida, USA
Locais de residência
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Rollins College (BA)
Emerson College (MFA)
fiction writer
Yoon, Paul (spouse)
Katherine Fausset



Haunting story of a widow grieving her husband back into existence at a Havana movie festival, but why should I think of more blurbs than those on the back of the book?
"Gorgeous, frighteningly smart, an absolute marvel, startling, fever dream of a book, mesmerizing prose, beguiling little masterpiece, elucidates the question of....being human, elegant, twisted, propulsive, ruminative grace, sublime wit, etc."
Do blurbs influence your choice of books?

I liked this book but can't top these.… (mais)
featherbooks | 16 outras críticas | May 7, 2024 |
You know how sometimes the end can completely ruin the rest of a book? It's like that, only in this case, it's really the entire second half slowly prepares you for the way the ending is a fizzle.

I started Find Me knowing that it's ranking on goodreads was awful. But it sounded so freaking cool, that I had to do it anyway. In fact my to-read notes were: "A woman immune to the impending amnesia-plague uses it as a chance to rewrite her life, but supposedly it's terrible?" As billed.
OK, that's not fair: the first half was far from terrible. In fact, while I don't think even the first half would have wide-based appeal, I thought it was fantastic: just a touch of surrealism, beautiful language, The central discourse --the interconnection of current self and the people we've been in our lives; how memory matters (or doesn't) and whether we choose to be who we are or are shaped -- was interesting and I felt van den Berg really had a lot of new ideas on this well-worn topic and certainly a new way of showcasing. A side note on "beautiful language:" I think there's a fine line between "lyrical" and "purple prose" and often the more beautiful the language is purported to be, the less I like this book; van den Berg steers well-clear of this problem. She is a master of English. Her sentences are gorgeous, thought-provoking and clear. They build her story, rather than detract from them. It's honestly the only reason I finished part two -- she's truly superlative.

The second half, though, is rough. It's basically a travelogue through the post-apocalypse, although just how apocalyptic is kind of unclear. The problem is that without a solid plot to support everything else, the surrealism and existentialism become overwhelming and repetitive. This part both drags and is actively painful to read. I kept hoping it would get better, but it doesn't: it just ends, all of a sudden, after completely abandoning narrative and leaving a very surreal passage. I'm not even totally sure what happened in the end.
… (mais)
settingshadow | 20 outras críticas | Aug 19, 2023 |
Exceptionally good stories exploring discovery and realization. It's not uncommon to find collections that are essentially the same story retold in different contexts. Here, instead, each story takes on a different angle, or level... The title story that finishes the collection is absolutely my favorite, but I suspect without the groundwork laid by the rest it wouldn't have the impact it does.
Kiramke | 15 outras críticas | Jun 27, 2023 |
This book spends 278 pages to go absolutely nowhere. I had no idea pandemics were this boring.
zmagic69 | 20 outras críticas | Mar 31, 2023 |



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