Thirlwell, Kelman reviewed

Amy Farley reviews Adam Thirlwell’s Politics and Nic Kelman’s Girls, saying that both writers:

have eschewed the traditional literary debut of introspective short stories in favor of the subject of [email messages promising stronger, deeper, harder, longer, faster, younger]. In these two debuts it becomes apparent that sex, though universal, is like writing: It’s the delivery that counts.

Kelman’s novel is “more titillating than astute,” Farley concludes, while “Thirlwell has written a book for our times, one in which sex is a subtle affair, and politics, once so aggrandized, now reflects the intricacies of the bedroom.”


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