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"A pathbreaking feminist manifesto, impossible to put down or dismiss. Gina Frangello tells the morally complex story of her adulterous relationship with a lover and her shortcomings as a mother, and in doing so, highlights the forces that shaped, silenced, and shamed her: everyday misogyny, puritanical expectations regarding female sexuality and maternal sacrifice, and m ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: April 6th 2021 by Counterpoint Press
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lark benobi
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, counterpoint
I love Gina Frangello for writing this book. Reading it felt like I'm Wallace Shawn in "My Dinner With Andre." Only, female. Reading it felt like I'm sitting down over a long dinner with Frangello. I wouldn't interrupt. Not even to ask questions. I'd just sit there and listen. A little stunned. Ok, maybe I'd ask her why she is so hard on herself. I might say, at some point, that she need not feel quite as guilty as she does about sleeping with another man, when the man she's married to breathes ...more
Caroline Leavitt
You know when you read a book that is so life-changing you read it twice? Frangello indeed "blew her house done," leaving her bland husband and her unhappy marriage for a fiery new love who was also married--and these are twin souls meant to be together by the way. Through breast cancer (she's fine now), her new lover's depression and her worry over her children, Frangella dares to be her truest self, embracing her sexuality and her love, while acknowledging that since life can change any second ...more
Morgan Schulman
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review

This woman has had a very crappy life and it took me a while to figure out where the feminism was. But it hit me. Women devote their lives to caretaking. To their families. After their children are born, they let their fires go out. So her argument that an affair is in a revolutionary tracks to a degree.

3.5 and very depressing
Brooke Stouffer
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
REVIEW: Blow Your House Down by Gina Frangello

Thank you to Gina Frangello, Counterpoint Press, and NetGalley for an eARC of “Blow Your House Down” in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from NetGalley:

“Gina Frangello spent her early adulthood trying to outrun a youth marked by poverty and violence. Now a long-married wife and devoted mother, the better life she carefully built is emotionally upended by the death of her closest friend. Soon, awakened to fault lines in her troubled marriage, F
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Andrew
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Never have I read such a captivating, wrenching, and emotional memoir centered around an affair, a subject that typically brings judgemental grimaces and disdain. Frangello had long been part of a loveless marriage that included mentally taxing outrages and even the occasional push from her husband, but these buildups weighed on her more and more as she reluctantly falls into a clandestine romance she has never felt with such intensity before with a man referenced only as "her lover". Within the ...more
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Gina Frangello is the author of the collection Slut Lullabies (Emergency Press 2010) and the novel My Sister's Continent (Chiasmus 2006), which was selected as one of the top 10 books of that year by Las Vegas City Life and was a "Read This!" finalist for Spring 2006. For more than a decade, Gina edited the award-winning fiction literary magazine Other Voices, and in 2004 co-launched its book impr ...more

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