Lily Tuck understands that emotional transformations cannot-and should not -- be easily explained. In her elegant and penetrating first collection, Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived, Tuck offers a portrait of the subtle shifts that can render the accommodations we make to our lives or to our partners suddenly impossible.
Tuck's characters are in the midst of a composed yet profound rebellion, the basis of which is a growing estrangement from the self, a need to return to some fundamental truth whose discovery, as often as not, will force significant change. These characters travel to unknown, exotic places, and, while there, find themselves deeply immersed in observation-of the natives of the locality, of the local customs, of the foreign landscape -- in an effort to discern some elemental truth about who they themselves are. Yet rather than see the self reflected back clear as rainwater, these women meet instead with disorientation, confusion; they are disappointed by the people closest to them -- lovers, husbands, members of their families.
Tuck is a writer of such grace and understatement that one does not immediately recognize the piercing psychological acuity and deftness of her observations. Her characters are full of poignant yearning and guarded optimism, of unwavering honesty, even in the face of painful disappointment or physical chaos. It is the elements of pain and confusion that bring these women back to themselves in precisely the way they need to be; to the sometimes heartbreaking but finally optimistic realization that the answers they seek lie not in other people, or places, but rather within themselves. Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived is a brilliant collection from a writer of exceptional poise and insight.
Other Books by Lily Tuck. We arrive at La Mayonette very late at night
Other Books by Lily Tuck. We arrive at La Mayonette very late at night.
Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived is a brilliant collection from a writer of exceptional poise and insight. Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived Stories. She is one of our most distinguished contributors to American literature. With The Double Life of Liliane, Tuck writes what may well be her crowning achievement to date, and, significantly too, her most autobiographical work.
Lily Tuck divides her time between Maine and New York City. Not so with the stories in this collection. With Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived, Lily Tuck gives us a quick and sometimes fleeting glimpse into the inner workings of various fascinating women. Tuck is right on the money about the excuses some women make to keep themselves from moving forward. All of the stories in this collection are powerful, insightful gems that give you the full picture. Ms. Tuck has the ability to let you see beyond the surface because each story has tremendous depth. I challenge short fiction skeptics to give this wonderful book a whirl.
Lily Tuck (born October 10, 1938) is an American novelist and short story writer whose novel The News from Paraguay won the 2004 National Book Award for Fiction. Her novel Siam was nominated for the 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. She is a Guggenheim Fellow. She has published five other novels, two collections of short stories, and a biography of Italian novelist Elsa Morante.
Lily Tuck emerged for me as the most interesting writer of 2017, and now 2018 furthers my journey in which I might read everything she has written in her lifetime
Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Lily Tuck emerged for me as the most interesting writer of 2017, and now 2018 furthers my journey in which I might read everything she has written in her lifetime. Of course, and thankfully, she is still alive. Charming, witty, sexy, and sophisticated, Lily Tuck’s prose seduces and entertains with a spirit of elegance and art of the first rank. To say she is gifted is an understatement.
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