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Herself When She's Missing: A Novel Paperback – June 5, 2012
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"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more
"Poetic, heartrending, and sometimes even funny, Rosenblum’s first novel is an exceptional, unique portrait of love, obsession, and codependence." Booklist
"Sarah Terez Rosenblum’s powerful novel is gentle and elegant. Her characters exhibit their wanton souls in a poetic way that never feels poetic, for they are as real-life as they are still-life; they are breathing on the page, even." Victor DeLorenzo, founding member of "Violent Femmes"
Herself When She’s Missing explores the irrationality of sex with uncommon wit and fearlessness. I can never resist the story of a bad romance and this one grabbed me by the collar and dragged me through a love-sick mind's tilted, temporally disordered terrain. Don't forget to drink a glass of water and eat a protein bar before reading. This book might leave you faint.” Sara Levine, author of Treasure Island!!!
"Herself When She’s Missing is full of surprises, ingenious linguistic and typographical twists, but far more important the authentic feel of a young woman discovering herself and what she needs (and doesn’t need) in her life. This is a thoroughly delightful debut, full of energy and wit." Rosellen Brown
Sarah Terez Rosenblum's Herself When She's Missing marks the emergence of a riveting and beautifully strange new voice in American fiction. And Andrea and The Criminal Mastermind are unforgettable characters. I especially love Andrea because she jogs in cemeteries. The book made me feel more alive, I can't ask for much more from any novel.” Peter Orner, author of Love and Shame and Love
"Herself When She's Missing collects and catalogues our only chances against everything rising like dark water to fill dining rooms and float away dishware. Andrea, quick-smart and nimble, not gifted with farfetched impossible qualities like courage or willpower, counts off both what is and isn't required to make it to tomorrow. Put her on all your lists and avoid the wrong side of hers." Janet Desaulniers, author of What You've Been Missing
Top Customer Reviews
A sure-footed exploration of sexual ethics, "Herself" follows Andrea through a plunge into a two-part affair with charismatic Jordan. They connect initially as fans of a folk-rock duo; passion and a discomfitting intensity follow. Andrea never quite knows what's real with Jordan, and the reader shares her imbalance. Mystery, denial, and suspense ensue, all within a recursive hall of mirrors, but the story maintains momentum where a weaker one might stall. It leaves you without easy answers or complete ones. Lists, figures, and diagnostic interruptions intersperse the text, lending the narrative a telescoping aspect. Soft Skull should do the reader the courtesy of placing the figures in-line in the text in subsequent printings. Unless I missed the point, it's hard to remember the last time disintegration paired so well with possible optimism.
I won't go into the plot of the book, but I will say this writer's language and character development is outstanding. Her phrasology is wonderful. It is true the book isn't written with a traditional, chronological structure, and that at times, this can be *slightly* confusing, but it also adds a richness to the book. It's written as if you were talking to someone who was remembering a past relationship. Memories would not come to mind necessarily in chronological order.
Also, I should address briefly the fact that this is a book about lesbians. (Oh my!) Yes, it's about lesbians, but you do not have to be lgbt to enjoy this book. The dysfunctional nature of the relationship between the two main characters transcends sexual orientation and is interesting, often a bit disturbing, but also humorous. I'm straight and married to a man and this is truly one of my favorite books.
PS -- I'm from Chicago, but I do not know the author (though I wish I did!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It all starts with a band, Cry Wolf, Andrea’s favorite band and to whom she credits her continued existence on the planet. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Adan Ramie
The writing is really good but sometimes it was confusing at what was going on with the unexpected flashbacks that you didn't know immediately were flashbacks. Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Marla
This novel is great for anyone who loves romance novels (not the typical ones) and is searching for depth and realism in their characters. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Nikita
Definitely a good lesbian novel. Trin Denise did an excellent job on this one. For a good diversion from reality, highly recommend.Published on January 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I'm happy to this book. I don't want to give away any spoilers but it has a really good lesson in the plot.Published on December 10, 2012 by Isabel B. Pulido
I can't recommend this book enough. I couldn't put it down, and sometimes found myself holding my breath. The story is excellent and the writing superb. Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by Landree Fleming
Brilliant, Sexy, Edgy. Glancing into the relationship of Andrea and the criminal mastermind was invigorating. Best lesbian contemporary novel I've ever read. 6 out of 5 stars.Published on August 29, 2012 by Dykolicious