Nell Zink’s public debut might look small, unassuming, pastel, but it’s among the more caustic and lingering books you’re likely to encounter. A young woman named Tiffany weds a young man whom she barely knows, follows his environmental activist career to Switzerland, tries to “be young”, tries to “be married”, and, most of all, tries to maintain that certain strain of rebelliousness that takes exception to the very narratives of what it means to be a rebel. No character is safe from the scorn that results from such emotional gymnastics, least of all Tiffany herself, nor is anyone ineligible for reconsideration given the right circumstances. Without calling attention to broad shifts in perspective, Zink lets her lead grow in spite of, or maybe because of, her obstinate adherence to hilarious meanness, as time passes in a chapterless smear from paragraph to paragraph. The Wallcreeper builds to a final line that, banal on its own, is overwhelming in context, as the novel, in a move anticipated by every suddenly shattering event from the preceding 190 pages, drops out from under you.

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ISBN: 9780989760713
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Published: Dorothy a Publishing Project - October 2014