Mislaid

Mislaid

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2015 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

A sharply observed, mordantly funny, and startlingly original novel from an exciting, unconventional new voice—the author of the acclaimed The Wallcreeper—about the making and unmaking of the American family that lays bare all of our assumptions about race and racism, sexuality and desire.

Stillwater College in Virginia, 1966. Freshman Peggy, an ingénue with literary pretensions, falls under the spell of Lee, a blue-blooded… (more)

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Editorial reviews (4 reviews)


It’s a provocative masquerade with heart, not just an exercise in role reversals, reminding us that the gaps and cracks between our insides and our outsides are the spaces where our spirits live.

This is a minor and misshapen novel from a potentially major voice. Robertson Davies said it: “With novels, like cakes, you never know.”

She takes thrilling narrative shortcuts in order to make space for her characters’ oracular and erudite disquisitions – while also dispensing with many of the supposed requirements of the “literary novel” (like portentous foreshadowing and “consistency of tone”).


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Publisher: Ecco (May 19, 2015)

Language: English


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