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The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.
The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.: A Novel | Lee Kravetz
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Lee Kravetz has created a bit of a miracle, a plot-driven literary puzzle box whose mystery lives in both its winding approach to history and its wonderous story. Its a book full of ideas about inspiration and a love for language that translates across borders, physical and generational.Adam Johnson, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Orphan Master's Son Blending past and present, and told through three unique interwoven narratives that build on one another, a daring and brilliant debut novel that reimagines a chapter in the life of Sylvia Plath, telling the story behind the creation of her classic semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar. A seductive literary mystery and mutigenerational story inspired by true events, The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. imaginatively brings into focus the period of promise and tragedy that marked the writing of Sylvia Plaths modern classic The Bell Jar. Lee Kravetz uses a prismatic narrative formed from three distinct fictional perspectives to bring Plath to lifethat of her psychiatrist, a rival poet, and years later, a curator of antiquities. Estee, a seasoned curator for a small Massachusetts auction house, makes an astonishing find: the original manuscript of Sylvia Plaths semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, written by hand in her journals fifty-five years earlier. Vetting the document, Estee will discover shes connected to Plaths legacy in an unexpected way. Plaths psychiatrist, Dr. Ruth Barnhouse, treats Plath during the dark days she spends at McLean Hospital following a suicide attempt, and eventually helps set the talented poet and writer on a path toward literary greatness. Poet Boston Rhodes, a malicious literary rival, pushes Plath to write about her experiences at McLean, tipping her into a fatal spiral of madness and ultimately forging her legacy. Like Michael Cunninghams The Hours, Paula McLains The Paris Wife, and Theresa Anne Fowlers Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. bridges fact and fiction to imagine the life of a revered writer. Suspenseful and beautifully written, Kravetzs masterful literary novel is a hugely appealing read.
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kspenmoll
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#wineandbooks #spaghetti #poets #SylviaP #literarymystery
“Bridges fact and fiction to imagine the life of a revered writer.”(book jacket)

LeahBergen I want some spaghetti now. 😆 1w
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Today‘s library haul. #lovelibraries

EvieBee These all sound so good! What did you pick up first? 1mo
kspenmoll Home now from vacation- did not bring library books with. But now starting 4w
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Picked this up at my local library on a whim. Shadow approves!

KristiAhlers I loved that book! 2mo
Bookzombie 💕🐈‍⬛ 2mo
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Augustdana
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I just started this one and it‘s 17 degrees out friends!!! Or Fake spring as I call it. I‘m gonna enjoy anyways.

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Ok so this dropped today as a new read. Of course I was at my bookstore this morning and yes I sat down with a tea and read this one. Readers who know Sylvia Plath (I‘m one) and her history and her work will have to table some bias and keep in mind this is fiction written by a male. If you‘re able to do this you‘ll find this a solid read. If you can‘t do that maybe pass on this one as the writer does make Anne Sexton sound jealous and bratty. ⬇️

KristiAhlers Although Anne is not named “Anne” readers will know that is who this particular character is supposed to be. And even if you don‘t know Plath and her work this is still a book worth reading. (edited) 5mo
Branwen I often find myself weirdly very protective of both Sylvia and Anne so I might struggle with this one! 5mo
KristiAhlers @Branwen I totally understand that. I am as well. I gave it a pick more due to the fact it was a new way of writing about Sylvia. I just finished last month the Unabridged journals of Sylvia Plath so this was one I was anxious to read. I was really upset how he portrayed Anne. 5mo
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