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Monday, February 18, 2019

Reader's Diary #2007- Rebecca Higgins: The White Stain

I absolutely loved Rebecca Higgins short story "The White Stain" and it's one of those rare stories I think I could read again and again and get something different each time.

It tells a story of Lee Krasner, the widowed partner of Jackson Pollock, and her social life shortly following his death. Like one of her (or his) paintings, the story should be a bit of a mess considering the number of themes splattered on the page, but it doesn't read as abstract expressionism at all, but rather a straightforward story with a lot of complexities should one look.

For me, I focused this time around on identity and how it changes once one enters into couple-hood and what it means when half of that couple eventually dies. But one could focus on fame, patriarchy, and a whole bunch of other rich topics explored here and not be disappointed.

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