juicy brained intellectual's Reviews > Shirley
pretty bad and unsatisfying as a psychological thriller + weird in an also bad, gimmicky way as fictionalized imagining of shirley and her family. seems like merrell wanted to write a book in jackson's vein (unreliable neurotic girl narrator) but she unfortunately does not have the same gift for turn of phrase and her attempt to make the jackson home a character à la the haunting does not particularly work. constant inorganic name-dropping of titles from shirley's oeuvre. a fantastic waste of research, imo; imagine being in the library of congress riffling through shirley's papers and only having a web of shit to show for it.
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