Nine loosely connected, hypnotic stories about memory and desire showcase one of fiction's bright new voices.
In the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author Johanna Skibsrud’s new book, nine loosely connected and hypnotic stories introduce an unforgettable cast of characters. A young maid at a hotel in France encounters a man who asks to paint her portrait, only later discovering that the man is someone other than who she thinks. A divorced father, fearing estrangement from his thirteen-year-old daughter, allows her to take the wheel of his car, realizing too late that he’s made a grave mistake. A Canadian girl and her French host stumble on the one story that transcends their language barrier. Youth confronted with the mutterings of old age, restlessness bounded by the muddy confines of a backyard garden, callow hope coming up against the exigencies of everyday life - these are life-defining moments that weave throughout the everyday lives of the remarkable characters in this book. Time and again they find themselves confronted with what they didn’t know they didn’t know, at the exact point of intersection between impossibility and desire. In This Will Be Difficult to Explain Skibsrud has created a series of masterful, perceptive tales.
What did you love best about This Will Be Difficult to Explain?
i loved the stories. i thought every single one was expertly written. there is a wide variety of topics, and every single character was well developed.
What was one of the most memorable moments of This Will Be Difficult to Explain?
the description of understanding love in Signac's Boats.
How could the performance have been better?
i thought that this narrator was robotic, had no emotion and was just awful. honestly, if the stories weren't so well written, I would have stopped listening for lack of interest. it is a true testament to the writing that i got through this boring draining narration.
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