A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag: A Novel
by Josh Russell (Goodreads Author)
Like the Puritan-era narratives she studies, Hannah Guttentag’s early-1990s narrative is a chronicle of the strange places she travels—Nashville, Ithaca, New Orleans, Cleveland, Nebraska—the savages who captivate her—librarians, grad students, professors, her baby—and the redemption she earns.
Josh Russell's previous novels are Yellow Jack and My Bright Midnight. An Illinoi...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Dzanc Books
(first published January 1st 2012)
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Maybe this is more common than I realize, but I don't believe I could adequately capture a female perspective as Russell has done here, and for that I was immediately impressed. Too, Russell's use of captivity narratives as a basis for what the protagonist experiences is far more complex and subtle than what the title suggests, and that was very cool to see. Dzanc Books scores again, and now I'll need to look up Russell's earlier books as well. My reading list grows.
Elissa Schappell (Editor at Large): A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag by Josh Russell. The sassy heroine’s story—part Puritan-era narrative, part brutally funny smackdown of academia, part portrait of a woman who wants to have it all—spoke to me. A wonderfully clever novel.
A fun love story, pretty good characterization of university English departments and grad students. The whole thing about Indian captivity was just a minor sideline, seemingly added after the book was written, so it shouldn't feature so large in descriptions of the book. Not really a good analogy to Hannah's life.
I'm the author of three novels: A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag (Dzanc Books, 2012); Yellow Jack (W.W. Norton, 1999), which earned me the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Shane Stevens Fellowship in the Novel; and My Bright Midnight (LSU Press, 2010), which earned me a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Prose...moreMore about Josh Russell...