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The Tell by Hester Kaplan
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Jan 29, 2013

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction
Read in January, 2013

In an interview at the back of this book, Hester Kaplan mentions that she studied anthropology in college--and it shows in all her work, because she is a literary anthropologist of moments and relationships, a lyrical anthropologist who studies the things we are only courageous enough to say to strangers and the things we are only cruel enough to say to those we love.

When she wrote The Tell she must have bugged all of our kitchens and bedrooms; she must have sat in our corners jotting down notes while we argued with our spouses. This pitch-perfect story rings as true as if I had observed it all with my own eyes. In fact, sometimes I got confused as to whether I actually had.
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“He thought she might understand that you couldn't cure the throbbing of loss with reunion--you might only make it beat harder and hotter.”
Hester Kaplan, The Tell

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