March 10, 2023
March 10, 2023
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST, VOGUE, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, NPR, ESQUIRE, AND KIRKUS
“There’s some sort of genius sorcery on this novel. It’s startlingly unique, hilarious and harrowing by turns, lastly transcendent. Watkins writes like an avenging angel. It is thrilling and terrifying to face in her wake.” —Jenny Offill, creator of Dept. of Hypothesis and Climate
A darkly humorous, soul-rending novel of affection in an epoch of collapse—one lady’s livid revisiting of household, marriage, work, intercourse, and motherhood.
Since my child was born, I’ve been capable of giggle and see the humorous facet of issues. a) As a lot as I ever did. b) Not fairly as a lot now. c) Not a lot now. d) Under no circumstances. Abandoning her husband and their child daughter, a author will get on a flight for a talking engagement in Reno, not carrying a lot apart from a breast pump and a spiraling case of postpartum melancholy. Her short-term escape from home duties and a chance to reconnect with outdated mates mutates into an prolonged romp away from the confines of marriage and motherhood, and a seemingly bottomless descent into the previous. Deep within the Mojave Desert the place she grew up, she meets her ghosts at each flip: the primary love whose self-destruction nonetheless haunts her; her father, a member of probably the most well-known cult in American historical past; her mom, whose native spark gutters with each passing 12 months. She will’t return in time to make any of it proper, however what precisely is her manner ahead? Alone within the wilderness, finally she begins to make herself at dwelling on the earth.
Daring, tender, and infrequently hilarious, I Love You however I’ve Chosen Darkness reaffirms Watkins as one of many sign writers of our time.