The Spectacle Of The Body
by Noy Holland
There was a time when the longest story in this book was known by the title of this book - for in a certain sense that story concerns the fabulous costume nature can construe from us when it has made up its mind to unravel us down to the last stitch of thread. But whenever Noy Holland went to read aloud from her work, there was an audience who heard her begin, "At night, w...more
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published May 24th 1994 by Knopf
(first published 1994)
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In this collection of prose, "Orbit" stands out as the gem. Every one of Holland's lines in this story is perfect. It killed me to read something so good. But in many of the other pieces, Holland's language became slightly too vague to where it was difficult to grasp the narrative. I would still recommend this, though, without a doubt, to anyone with an appreciation of inventive, atmospheric prose that caters to a subtley creepy, thick-heat-of-summer aesthetic.
By far one of my favorites. Noy Holland is a master of poetic prose and narrative voice. Dark songs of loss and longing, strange tenderness in a new kind of American Gothic. Terrible beauty, dreamlike movement. Track this one down immediately.