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A woman aspiring to a contemplative life faces innumerable obstacles--cultural, financial, sexual, and metaphysical -- that stand between her and the freedom to live as she desires.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Strange Light,, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780771021831
Branch Call Number: FICTION CAI
Characteristics: 161 pages ; 19 cm


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Apr 30, 2020

Huh. A one sit read this story stars an odd but authentic woman being herself, openly (indelicately) speaking, and writing about the world as she sees it.

Apr 15, 2020

An odd story in an unnamed city in an unspecified time. I imagined a European city some time in the past before women were given more freedom to explore their dreams. The main character is a woman who works as a cleaner in an art museum, but who wants to be a writer. She luckily marries well, and is able to pursue her loves of art, music, ballet, and especially of writing and becoming a writer. Things fall apart as she gives up her house, husband, and life of ease to live alone in a cottage in the country. But why? I dunno.

Feb 23, 2020

Weird” would be the way I would describe this short book, weird and introspective. The narrator is a cleaner at a museum. Although the city is never given nor whether the book is historical or contemporary, I pictured the city as being New York City. While cleaning, the narrator meets her wealthy husband and lives in a home where she spends her time as she wishes. As her love for her husband dims, she continues with her love of writing and in short pieces she describes paintings that have a relevance to her life. Amina Cain’s writing is flat and that mirrors the life of the narrator. She has two good friends, but even the friendships seem flat. But the introspection of the narrator brings to light emotions and thoughts many women might have.

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