Helen by Maria Edgeworth
Smith’s Artful reveals and explores the interconnectedness of texts, minds, and lives. Interwoven into the story of a grieving widower are reflections about art, literature, film, and strains of theory by his recently deceased wife, a lecturer for literature. Her stream of consciousness-esque mittings about life and art and how these two imitate each other highlight the author’s deep understanding for the complexity of her craft. The novel wants the reader to slow down, read up, read again, check for references. The language of the book is one of symbiosis. Of words and thoughts that have been formed before but linked together in a new context they transcend the pages of the novel and reach the hemispheres of your neural core.
Autumn and Winter