Review of Meridel Le Sueur’s The Girl, appearing in Riot Material.
“The Girl is set in St. Paul, Minnesota, during the Depression, with much of its action centered in a speakeasy known as The German Village. This is where the protagonist, a young naïf who is only referred to as “Girl,” works as a waitress and initiates her crash-course into a harsh and unsentimental education. To metaphorically anthropomorphize the world of The Girl, and its stylistic tone, imagine Jamaica Kincaid, Ernest Hemingway, and Clifford Odets shooting the shit in a gin joint run by Eugene O’ Neill. In fact, the vividly drawn characters of The Girl would fit right in with the barflies and pipe-dreamers of O’Neil’s The Iceman Cometh.”
Read the full review here.