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The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath
“Knutsen writes clear and lovely prose. Her details and descriptions are vivid and surprising. She does an excellent job with setting and is skilled at subtly weaving in details that establish theme. I’m hooked by Knutsen’s prose, images, and metaphors.”—Diana Joseph, author of I’m Sorry You Feel That Way
“A joyous exploration of pain and the price that comes with the refusal to settle, this is a stunning first novel.”—Chicago Book Review
“A blend of tragicomedy and waning romance, The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath explores uncomfortable material. Sharply drawn, claustrophobic settings and strong personalities add up to a promising academic novel.”—Foreword Reviews
Set in the frozen wasteland of Midwestern academia, The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath introduces Wilson A. Lavender, father of three, instructor of women’s studies, and self-proclaimed genius who is beginning to think he knows nothing about women. He spends much of his time in his office not working on his dissertation, a creative piece titled “The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath.” A sober alcoholic, he also spends much of his time not drinking, until he hooks up with his office mate, Alice Cherry, an undercover stripper who introduces him to “the buffer”—the chemical solution to his woes.
October 2015 384 pp., 6x9
Kimberly Knutsen is professor of English at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she holds a PhD in English from Western Michigan University and an MA from New Mexico State University. Her short stories have appeared in Cimarron Review and Hawai῾i Review.
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