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This was an interesting book told in an experimental style which was cool Sometimes I struggled with how fast everything moves in this novel the prose is actually set up like poetry for the most part and the narration
Is Often Paced In That often paced in that accelerated way that the unnamed protagonist feels things through her drug and alcohol addled mind Even when she is slowing down time because of the seriousness or darkness of a certain feeling or event the formatting still flows so uickly you e forced sometimes to eread things multiple times Steinberg s choice to leave each and every character unnamed also doesn t help with keeping track of things But the story is pretty spot on in it s delivery of story about overly privileged teens unning desperately wild at the end of a summer in the town where their families own beaches homes It s about their loud and uiet desperation and how everyone of them is falling apart in their own way and it s kind of like watching The Edge of Seventeen but a hundred times darker and without the Hollywood happy ending And I m interested in these kinds of stories but the inconsistent formatting and the super clich d father made it hard for me to like it I also had a difficult time with the mother being characterized over and over as weak just because she doesn t stand up for herself or try to put her husband in check even though every character explains how abusive the father is to everyone but particularly his wife So I felt the treatment of the mother was unjustified even through the perspective of a pretentious ich girl And while the book is advertised as a commentary on gender class and privilege it should also be said that these commentaries are specific to gender class and privilege as it elates to
Americans Overall I m not ushing out the door to to anybody but I also wouldn t discourage anyone from eading it If anything I would encourage eading it for the way gender is epresented and played with here Like the idea was good it had potential but I find it pretentious you know even if the writing is pretty good to use grammatical affectations all through your bookThis was jumbled and not in an interesting way Mostly unoriginal in content and honestly I m STILL fucking bored of ich teenage girls bratting about so I absolutely don t care when they do a lot of drugs and are very sad about their horrible privileged lives Gag me with a silver spoon IF YOU WILL lolol This may be a great story but the teacher in me could not get over the fact that it was paragraph after paragraph of choppy sentences broken up by semi colons No periods It made me feel disjointed and tired after eading it for just a short time It was such a short book that I thought I d be able to ead it in a one sitting maybe two but I just couldn t get into the flow of the book because I didn t feel like there was one And maybe this was the point the youth in the story were very manic and chaotic and way into funpartyingdanger Perhaps the text was meant to eflect that I may try again at a later time when I am in a artsy mood and can appreciate the way the sentences eflect the mood of the story But ight now I just want to get lost in a gripping book and A haunting story of guilt and blame in the wake of a drowning the first novel by the author of Spectacle Susan Steinberg’s first novel Machine is a dazzling and innovative leap forward for a writer whose most ecent book Spectacle gained her a apturous following Machine evolves around a group of teenagers both locals and wealthy out of towners during a single summer at the sho.
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short statements stab straight to the existential evelations of growing up I mean nothing is going tostatements stab straight to the existential evelations of growing up I mean nothing is going to youAnd can you even save yourself A girl is dead She died by drowning at night while the ich kids kept partying on around her This event is one of many that make the main character s summer one that chances everything about her life Still the dead girl is incidental to the central narrative even though it grounds the book as main cannot seem to see outside her own head Set during the summer in
A Coastal Town Thiscoastal town this deals with trauma and privilege and guilt and toxic masculinityThe book is told mostly in short fragmented sentences seperated from each other by semi colons and for me this prose choice made the book compulsively eadable and stronger than it would have otherwise been I am a sucker for interesting stylistic choices and for books told unchronologically which this was going backward and forward in time talking about things that happened or that could have happened or that might still happen This is not a book for everyone but it was very much my kind of thing The characters are all deeply deeply unlikable and as we stay closely in the unnamed narrator s head nobody except for her is fully fleshed out The book emains vague but purposefully so for me this worked because I always felt like the author knew what she was doing I trusted her to lead me through the labyrinthian narrative and I thought she stuck the landing in a way that made this a very satisfying eading experienceContent warnings death by drowning drug abuse underage drinking sexual assault domestic abuse psychological abuseI eceived an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest eviewYou can find this eview and other thoughts on books on my blog Perhaps experimental works just aren t for me I still believe that communicating the story is the first job for a novelist When playing with technical strategies and punctuation and formatting becomes the focus a book misses the point for me This is a brief 149 pages lots of white space story told by an unnamed teenage girl about her family s summers at the shore They e ich awful people the epitome of privilege The summer in
their family falls apart and another teen girl drowns The act explaining is eally what the book is about But I m old fashioned enough that story plot and structure should serve the novel not become a by product of narrative experimentation Not for me Steinberg ventures into a novel for the first time in her brilliant writing career and delivers a strange fiery and obliterated story of a broken family teen drama and a mysterious drowning Not uite as strong as her freakin awesome short fiction but still a eading experience that will make your brain pop Wow wow wow This book felt like a evelation The prose are so cuttingly true so deeply felt and so blithely off the cuff Steinberg captures an American lexicon I haven t seen captured before almost a new form of thought And to top it off there s some incredibly trenchant classgender commentary that s never pedantic but also doesn t shy away from making clear eyed moral argumen. Ng stylist Steinberg contrasts semicolon studded sentences with short lines that ace down the page This estless approach gains focus and power through a sharply drawn narrative that ferociously interrogates gender class privilege and the disintegration of identity in the shadow of trauma Machine is the kind of novel elentless and bold that only Susan Steinberg could have writte. His was not hitting me as being that book Thisuestion their family falls apart and another teen girl drowns The act
doesn t out until August but I ead it early because I belong to the Graywolf galley club They sent it with a beach ball and I felt like eading beachy eads while in the low country The entire story is told by a young preteenteenage girl who was around when a local girl drowned With very few full sentencesbook doesn t
Most Chapters Are Poetic Fragments With Many Semicolons Leaving Thechapters are poetic fragments with many semicolons leaving the with the duty of unraveling the truth This is such an unusual novel There are so many easons for me to esist and not elate to this short work of fiction and yet I felt very involved and stimulated while eading it If you are looking for likable characters a fluid narrative a somewhat clear path with events that tell a clear My eview for the Minneapolis Star Tribune an essay for Publishers Weekly Susan Steinberg wrote I ve learned that the term experimental makes some people uneasy And I guess I understand why there could be esistance there often is to that which goes against our expectations But in art I often want my expectations which are generally low to be shattered Appropriately enough she has spent her career defying categories and blurring genresHer first two story collections Hydroplane and The End of Free Love came out with Fiction Collective 2 a hub for artistically adventurous nontraditional fiction descriptors that certainly apply to Steinberg s prose In 2013 she published the collection Spectacle with Graywolf Press which is now publishing her eually stylish and innovative debut novel Machine The brief and propulsive story transpires over a single summer at the shore a egion of weathered motels tilted into a oad beaten up houses and couches on the lawns and the jetty the locals hang out on Hinging on the tension between townies and affluent out of towners the central event of the narrative is the drowning of a teenage girl a local girl she was no one we knew well the narrator observes adding even my father said she was a knockout but she wasn t that bright my father said so there was no one to blame he said for her drowning but her Of course the uestion immediately becomes who eally was to blame and the est of the story meditates on that mysterySpeaking sometimes in first person plural to suggest that we e part of a demographic we e girls who go to private schools girls at the top of our classes girls who stay at the shore all summer and become the stars of the shore and other times in first person singular the narration builds a dreamlike atmosphere of epetition and variation desire and obsessionThe semicolon is one of the most sophisticated yet poorly understood pieces of punctuation Used to link two independent but elated clauses the semicolon allows for a distinctive complexity in a sentence s meaning and hythm A prolific and graceful user of this oft avoided punctuation mark Steinberg employs it to lyrical
AND LAYERED EFFECT BUT THERE S NO POINT INlayered effect but there s no point in her character here no point in building the perfect girl you always want so here s any girl holding her shoes any girl looking like some kind of ghost Steinberg has a BFA in painting and visually she employs ample white space line breaks and fragments inter. Re Steinberg captures the pressures and demands of this world in a voice that effortlessly slides from collective to singular as one girl ecounts a night on which another girl drowned Hoping to assuage her guilt and evade a similar fate she pieces together the details of this tragedy as well as the breakdown of her own family and learns that no one not even she is blamelessA dari.