Monday, June 10, 2019

Reader's Diary #2041- Maggie Shipstead: Acknowledgements

I definitely have a contender for favourite short story of the year with Maggie Shipstead's "Acknowledgements". Particularly surprising considering how uncomfortable it made me.

It's a very meta-story about a man who's just written a novel and recounts a woman who inspired it all (much, I'm sure, to her chagrin).

I think, at my worst, in my younger days, I may have had a bit of this asshole narrator in me. Hence, the discomfort. But because it rings so true I'm in love with the writing. The nauseatingly pretentious, immature, entitled voice? My god, it's good.

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