Like the Puritan-era narratives she studies, Hannah Guttentag's early-1990's narrative is a chronicle of the strange places she travelsâ€”Nashville, Ithaca, New Orleans, Cleveland, Nebraskaâ€”the savages who captivate herâ€”librarians, grad students, professors, her babyâ€”and the redemption she earns.
Praise for A True History
This novel you are holding is a saucy, heartrending campus romp, full of sex and death, and Nabokovian nods galore. Russell hits all the emotional registers, and provides a moving portrait of an artist, or just a plain old person, struggling to balance it allâ€”inner life and outer life, children, grief, and love." â€”Heidi Julavits, author of The Vanishers
"Josh Russell is a maniac. Only he would think to combine a modern-day women's captivity narrative with a hilariously cruel academic satire, and sprinkle in a biting exploration of identity politics. Only he would combine them and only he would do it so well. Hannah Guttentag, his protagonist, is a sparkling creation and the story of her 'captivity' is full of cold, dark tribulations, but also, glory be, with sunshine. This book is an ass-kicker so please form an orderly line and you will all get your ass kicked." â€”Victor LaValle, author of Big Machine & The Devil in Silver
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