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The Untelling by Tayari Jones
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Dec 04, 08

Read in November, 2008

I had been wanting to read something by Tayari Jones. And so I found myself browsing through novel synopses, debating between her two books (the other is Leaving Atlanta); when I learned that The Untelling revolved around a character’s infertility, that was the clincher.

Infertility isn’t oft-talked about even in the realm of fiction, which seems to otherwise run rampant through the world of taboo. And so I read–the prose was silky, I was drawn in immediately into the characters. I found the structure compelling–chapters flashing back into present time, flashing back into the past. And of course, the brave, unblinking look into the world of infertility. (deleted paragraph about how that has given me courage to be more honest about infertility in my own writing).

And I read the book after J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace, a very tough act to follow.
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