Jenny Offill | Fiction, 2020
Recommended by my colleague and friend Dan, I don’t seem to understand this little book. Lizzie is a librarian in a University library. She helps her drug-addicted brother cope and maybe recover; she fantasizes about the end of the world and prepares for her “doomstead;” she clearly loves her son Eli and her husband Ben. Some reviewers say she is an amateur therapist, but I see no evidence of that in the book. She asks an insightful question sometimes. That’s all. There are many interesting sentences and paragraphs but no discernible plot. Reviews are mostly 5’s and 1’s ... not a lot of middle road. I will look forward to reading about what you liked about this book, Dan, and anyone else who read it and liked it.