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I enjoyed this book from start to finish and highly recommend it.
In an intriguing sense fitting for the story itself, the transition feels subtle, as though the unexpected comes to be in a very expected sort of way.
The novella is also sprinkled with lots of poetry, giving readers a glimpse into Barkat's writings as a poet.
This experimental novella uses a slice-of-life story-telling technique to discuss starting a novel. At first erotic, the novella becomes increasingly haunting. Read morePublished 16 months ago by robertismanly
Good things come in small packages. While critics bemoan the demise of the short story, Barkat gives CPR to the novella through her narrator, Laura, a poet and an aspiring... Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Liz Hufford
"The Novelist" by L. L. Barkat, caught me off guard. Tired after a long day at work, I was initially cranky as her protagonist ruminated over what variety of tea to drink. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Dana McNeely
I enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to aspiring writers. I found the dialogue entertaining and I could not put the book down I had to keep going to find out what was next. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Tessa-Marie
I received the novella as a free advance copy for a review. I found the writing very poetic and clever, but the progression rather tedious. Read morePublished on December 29, 2012 by jerusalemgal
The Novelist by l. l. barkat
If you are the spouse, partner, or close friends with a writer, this book is also for you. Read more
I enjoyed reading "The Novelist". In Laura, Barkat gives us a personal look at the inner monologues and mindset of an author attempting to rise to the literary challenge of a... Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I love it. The Novelist is wonderfully written by a great auther. I've never read anything like it. The poetry is unique and fantastic.Published on December 28, 2012 by Angeldolphin01
I enjoyed this novella very much. I could identify with Laura's conflict---being pressured to do something she neither wants, nor feels qualified, to do. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer