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Lungfish: A Novel por Meghan Gilliss
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Lungfish: A Novel (edição 2022)

por Meghan Gilliss (Autor)

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Fiction. Literature. Longlisted for The Center for Fiction 2022 First Novel Prize Tuck is slow to understand the circumstances that have driven her family to an uninhabited island off the coast of Maine, the former home of her deceased grandmother where she once spent her childhood summers. Squatting there now, she must care for her spirited young daughter and scrape together enough money to leave before winter arrives-or before they are found out. Relying on the island for sustenance and answers-bladderwrack, rosehips, tenacious little green crabs; smells held by the damp walls of the house, field guides and religious texts, a failed invention left behind by her missing father-Tuck lives moment-by-moment through the absurdity, beauty, paranoia, and hunger that shoots through her life, as her husband struggles to detox. Exquisitely written and formally daring, Lungfish tells the story of a woman grappling through the lies she has been told-and those she has told herself-to arrive at the truth of who she is and where she must go. Meghan Gilliss's debut is a brilliant and heartbreaking novel about addiction, doubt, marriage, motherhood, and learning to see in the dark.… (mais)
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Título:Lungfish: A Novel
Autores:Meghan Gilliss (Autor)
Informação:Catapult (2022), 320 pages
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The writing is beautiful and the structure inventive. Her portrayal of the dilemma trying to save one person you love without sacrificing yourself or others you love is true and heartbreaking. Is there hope in this book? Not much but there is survival. ( )
  ccayne | Sep 13, 2023 |
This is a heartbreaking, desolate read.
Tuck is a young mom to 2 year old Agnes, trying to navigate a world where her husband, Paul, is an addict. She does everything she can to keep them alive, and Paul clean. They live on a remote Maine island where her grandmother lived. Now that her grandmother has died, they only can squat there until the bank takes the property. Tuck can't locate her father to probate the will.
Tuck details her struggles, her hopes, her dreams, her need to keep Agnes safe.
It is a beautifully written story, but very sad. ( )
  rmarcin | Apr 15, 2023 |
Have you ever seen a race horse struggle to restrain its awesome power? Or a runner who can easily put the pedal to the metal, but has hold back in an effort to race smart? This is the way I felt reading Lungfish. Deceptively simple passages in incredibly short chapters made me want to speed-read; to buzz through the sentences at a hundred pages a minute. To do that would be to miss the scenery of gorgeous language flashing by. To not slow down and savor the smart language would be to deprive myself of one of the best books of the year.
Lungfish oozes mystery. There is a hinting of things. What is wrong with Paul? The use of the word "better" implies there is something worse. You shouldn't think of the word 'trickery' that could at play, yet you do. You do. Is the narrator asking Paul to improve a behavior? Be a better person? Or is it his health? The possibility he could be better at something hangs heavy. Especially when a word like perfunctory is used to describe a kiss between two people in a relationship. Then consider the act of hiding from the law. Questioning what happens when the executor arrives. The narrative does not speak in linear terms, only winding and twisting innuendo, slippery as seaweed newly exposed by the outgoing tide. Early on there is an unexplained sadness that permeates the entire story, the way a thick fog will dampen a wool sweater to a newfound heaviness. You want the fog to lift, the sunshine to come streaming in, and loud laughter to break the silence.
Instead, we as readers circle the plot in a strange swaying dance, like a slow moving game of musical chairs. Only when the song comes to an abrupt halt, we grab for the final sentence and wait for the silence to end so we can read on. Careful not to slip on the seaweed of secrets. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Mar 5, 2023 |
Protagonist Tuck, her drug-addicted husband, and very young daughter retreat to her deceased grandmother’s house on an isolated island off the coast of Maine. The goal is to get her husband free from drugs and eventually find another place to live. They have little money for food and often go hungry. Tuck and daughter Agnes forage the island for food and struggle to survive. The descriptions of the natural world are well done but I found this book bleak and depressing. ( )
  Castlelass | Jan 29, 2023 |
With gorgeous and lyrical prose, Lungfish recounts the story of how Tuck, her husband Paul, and toddler Agnes, are forced by dire circumstances to move to her grandmothers isolated island off the coast of Maine. Pretty much left to fend for themselves, Tuck does the best she can, foraging the island for food and selling off possessions on then mainland, all while finding g out that her husband has an addiction problem.

This summary doesn’t do justice to the quality of the writing, with its shifting timelines and off kilter events, leaving the reader to wonder whether Tuck has her own mental health issues. Tuck’s encounters on the mainland are vivid in their sense of paranoia. This is not a quick read book, and paying careful attention to the prose provides its own rewards.

A remarkable debut.

My thanks to Catapult and to Netgalley for providing an ARC of Lungfish. ( )
  luke66 | Oct 22, 2022 |
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Fiction. Literature. Longlisted for The Center for Fiction 2022 First Novel Prize Tuck is slow to understand the circumstances that have driven her family to an uninhabited island off the coast of Maine, the former home of her deceased grandmother where she once spent her childhood summers. Squatting there now, she must care for her spirited young daughter and scrape together enough money to leave before winter arrives-or before they are found out. Relying on the island for sustenance and answers-bladderwrack, rosehips, tenacious little green crabs; smells held by the damp walls of the house, field guides and religious texts, a failed invention left behind by her missing father-Tuck lives moment-by-moment through the absurdity, beauty, paranoia, and hunger that shoots through her life, as her husband struggles to detox. Exquisitely written and formally daring, Lungfish tells the story of a woman grappling through the lies she has been told-and those she has told herself-to arrive at the truth of who she is and where she must go. Meghan Gilliss's debut is a brilliant and heartbreaking novel about addiction, doubt, marriage, motherhood, and learning to see in the dark.

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