The House Girl tells the parallel narratives of Lina, a 21st century attorney and Josephine a 19th century slave. Why do so many authors use this technique of the back and forth? Why not stick with one thread and tell it all the way through? This is just something I’m wondering – I don’t fault Conklin at all for it. In fact, I’m thankful that she’s graced us with this story – mostly because the writing, particularly in the Josephine sections, is so poignant. I’ll say it again, I’m loving the writing. It always surprises me how these career-changer-debut writers can write so impressively, how all these years later, even after being mired in other things, they can whip out this lyrical talent.
Conklin takes her time with this story. She tells it respectfully and with a deep resounding power. I haven’t finished it yet but I can tell I’ll be recommending it.
What are you reading this week? Tell me about it!