Review of The Girl

the girl
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.

About John Biscello

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, spoken word performer, and playwright, John Biscello now lives in Taos, New Mexico. He is the author of two novels: Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale and Raking the Dust, and a collection of stories, Freeze Tag. His fiction and poetry has appeared in: Art Times, nthposition, The Wanderlust Review, Ophelia Street, Caper, Polyphony, Dilate, Militant Roger, Chokecherries, Farmhouse, BENT, The 555 Collective, Instigator, Brass Sopaipilla, The Iconoclast, Adobe Walls, Kansas City Voices, and the Tishman Review. His blog--Notes of an Urban Stray--can be read at Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.
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