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His Favorites

by Kate Walbert

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His Favorites by Kate Walbert
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2018
    160 pages
    Genre: Novels

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From the highly acclaimed, bestselling National Book Award finalist and author of A Short History of Women, a searing and timely novel about a teenaged girl, a charismatic teacher, and a dark, open secret.

They were on a lark, three teenage girls speeding across the greens at night on a "borrowed" golf cart, drunk. The cart crashes and one of the girls lands violently in the rough, killed instantly. The driver, Jo, flees the hometown that has turned against her and enrolls at a prestigious boarding school. Her past weighs on her. She is responsible for the death of her best friend. She has tipped her parents' rocky marriage into demise. She is ready to begin again, far away from the accident.

Taut, propulsive, and devastating, His Favorites reveals the interior life of a young woman determined to navigate the treachery in a new world. Told from her perspective many years later, the story cooly describes a series of shattering events and the system that failed to protect her. Walbert, who brilliantly explored a century of women's struggles for rights and recognition in her award-winning A Short History of Women, limns the all-too-common violations of vulnerability and aspiration in the lives of young women in this suspenseful short novel. From the publisher of the classic A Separate Peace, His Favorites is an urgent book by a "wickedly smart writer" (The New York Times Book Review) whose work is "fascinating, moving and significant" (The Washington Post).

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"Starred Review. Her story, filled with rage and regret and intensified by its searing portrait of self-aware, self-destructive teenage girls, provides a case history in male-female relationships built on an imbalance of power." - Publishers Weekly

"A sharp look at school days that are anything but idyllic...Walbert's slim, impactful novel, distinguished as all her work is by beautiful writing and a wealth of literary allusions, could not be more timely." - Booklist

"...Walbert doesn't bring much that's new or thought-provoking to this familiar tale. Part of the trouble is formal...Her new book is being marketed as a novel; at 160 pages, it's more of a novella, but what it really feels like is a short story that outgrew the form without quite becoming something else...Most problematic, though, is the emotional flatness of the story, which is particularly disappointing from a writer as skilled at illuminating the inner lives of women as Walbert. Timely but not the author's finest work." - Kirkus

"His Favorites is exactly the book for our times. That Kate Walbert has managed to write a novel that is riveting, terrifying, and yet always charmingly buoyant, speaks volumes to how well she understands women. If you're trying to figure out what's going on, how these things happen, read this book." - Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth

"His Favorites is the first work of fiction to capture the disgust and rage most of us have just begun to come to terms with." - Dorothy Wickenden, Executive Editor of The New Yorker and author of Nothing Daunted

"The writing is so beautiful and exact - so startling in every sentence - that His Favorites took me way past what I thought I knew. This is a novel that shines with a laser beam, lighting what needs to be lit." - Joan Silber, award-winning author of Improvement

"The smartest, most brutally true novel I've read this year. His Favorites reveals Kate Walbert's dazzling ability to render the unsayable." - Carolyn Cooke, author of Daughters of the Revolution

"An unflinching addition to the #MeToo conversation." - Cory Oldweiler, AM New York

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Kate Walbert Author Biography

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Kate Walbert was born in New York City and raised in Georgia, Texas, Japan and Pennsylvania, among other places. She is the author of the novels The Sunken Cathedral, among the San Francisco Chronicle's best books of 2015; A Short History of Women, chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2009 and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; Our Kind, a finalist for the National Book Award, and The Gardens of Kyoto, as well as the linked stories, Where She Went. She's received a National Endowment for the Arts fiction fellowship, a Connecticut Commission on the Arts fiction fellowship, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library, and her stories has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Best...

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