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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  9 reviews
"Indelicacy isn't merely a book, it's a world; a world I wanted to live in, forever . . . Arch, yet warm; aspiring and impervious; confiding and enigmatic; reposing and intrepid; Cain has conjured a protagonist who purged my mind and filled my heart." Claire-Louise Bennett, author of Pond

A ghostly feminist fable, Amina Cain’s Indelicacy is the story of a woman navigating
Hardcover, 176 pages
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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I read this novella mainly because it’s so brief (took me about 45 minutes); I found it quite bizarre in its lack of emotion, and wouldn’t have persisted had it been longer. It’s the narrative of a woman named Vitória who works as a cleaner in a museum, dreams of being a writer, then eventually marries a wealthy man. It is typical of the book that this is all she says about her wedding:

We were married at the start of the summer and hardly anyone attended—a few of his friends, a cousin from
Alissa Hattman
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To read Amina Cain is to enter tide pools of the mind. On its surface, her fiction is quiet, lovely, contained, but sit with any passage and that which seems still uncoils and comes alive. The reach of her fiction is an invitation to peer deep into our inner worlds.

In the tradition of the Künstlerroman, Cain’s debut novel Indelicacy follows the maturity and growth of an artist, and like Proust’s In Search of Lost Time or Atwood’s Cat’s Eye, it is a novel interested in consciousness, identity,
Lolly K Dandeneau
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
via my blog:
“You’re different from when I last saw you,” she said.

“I married someone rich. Is that what you mean?”

She nodded. “It agrees with you.”

Vitória has been working since she was a child of twelve years old, years spent earning her keep, working her hands raw. Now a cleaner in an art museum alongside her friend Antoinette, she yearns for the freedom to think, write, exist for more than tidying up after the rest of the world. They spend their days
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m the first person to review this book and I’d hate to be indelicate about it (buh dum dum), but it isn’t the sort of thing that’s easy to recommend. Even the official description of it…the fable without a moral, the ghost story without a ghost…it’s meant to be clever and alluring, but when you think about it, it just kind of spotlights the insubstantiality of the entire thing. Personally, I didn’t really think of it as either of those descriptors, I’m not sure what it was. In was hoping for ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary
I can't form thoughts yet!
Helen McClory
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As with Cain's Creature I was enchanted by this work. The atmosphere is uniquely light and well-formed, though with echoes of Rhys and Lispector. It creates with a kind of power I am unable to pinpoint a space for calm and beautiful observation. It's not a book to rush through, but the kind of book that requires a quiet room with a view of the woods, or misty summer fields, in which to allow its space to flow into you and through you. It's wonderful, and you should all read it.
Rhiannon Johnson
Jan 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-february
Thank you to Farrar, Straus and Giroux for my complimentary review copy.

Why I'm interested in reviewing this release: when I read "ghostly feminist fable" I knew this would be something I would have to read.

*full review to come*
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amina is a genius.
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Amina Cain is the author of two collections of stories: CREATURE (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2013) and I GO TO SOME HOLLOW (Les Figues Press, 2009). Her work has appeared in n+1, BOMB, Two Serious Ladies, The Paris Review Daily, and other places. She lives in Los Angeles.
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