Speed Reads: A book club for people with limited time! All the books chosen can be read in a sitting or two.
This month's book club pick is The Dry Heart by Natalia Ginzburg.
Finally back in print, a frighteningly lucid feminist horror story about marriage.The Dry Heart begins and ends with the matter-of-fact pronouncement, 'I shot him between the eyes.' Everything in between is a plunge into the chilly waters of loneliness, desperation, and bitterness, and as the tale proceeds, the narrator's murder of her flighty husband takes on a certain logical inevitability. In this powerful novella, Natalia Ginzburg's writing is white-hot, fueled by rage, stripped of any preciousness or sentimentality; she transforms an ordinary dull marriage into a rich psychological thriller that might pose the question: Why don't more wives kill their husbands?
"I'm utterly entranced by Ginzburg's style--her mysterious directness, her salutary ability to lay things bare that never feels contrived or cold, only necessary, honest, clear."--Maggie Nelson
Natalia Ginzburg (1916-1991) was raised in a political and staunchly antifascist Jewish family that is the subject of her novel A Family Lexicon (Lessico Famigliare). During World War II, Ginzburg and her husband edited an antifascist newspaper and after the war she wrote several novels, short stories, essays, and two plays, many of which have been translated into English.