The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. Want to read this! 4/27 review of it in WSJ. Got a lotta literary allusion and exploration going on - eccentric English teacher makes dollhouses and dioramas of famous literary women's suicide dens, sanatoriums, and bedrooms. Hello Henrik Ibsen's Nora in A Doll's House! But this sounds psychologically intriguing!
Thurlow Dan is the founder of the Helix, a cult that promises to cure loneliness. With its communes and speed-dating, mixers and confession sessions, the Helix has become a national phenomenon, and attracted the attention of governments worldwide. But Thurlow, camped out in his Cincinnati headquarters, is lonely, for his ex-wife, Esme, and their daughter, whom he hasn't seen in ten years.
We went looking for the best books to read this year and a wonderful thing happened: we discovered they were all written by remarkably talented women. A particular chorus of men wrote some decent books, too, but women, by far, will own 2015. Below, 10 books to fall in love with before year's end.
“I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee. It’s never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion, I’d scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister." From We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler