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TMR 10.11: “Establish Justice” [DUCKS, NEWBURYPORT]

This week, Chad is joined by Rebecca Hussey (BookRiot) and Josh Cook (Porter Square Books, An Exaggerated Murder) to talk about pages 700-776 of Ducks, Newburyport. They make comparisons to any number of modernist authors (Proust, Woolf, Joyce), discuss mother-daughter relationships, “mom shaming,” Stace’s general sense of rebellion, whether or not the “stories” are getting longer as we move through the book, how it actually has a conventional plot, and how Chad thinks someone needs to put together a book of essays about this novel featuring pieces by booksellers, authors, academics, critics, and moms.

This week’s music is “4ÆM” by Grimes.

If you’d prefer to watch the conversation, you can find it on YouTube along with all our past episodes. Wednesday’s episode (up to page 862) will be broadcast live here. And you can discuss this book at the reactivated Goodreads Two Month Review Discussion Group.

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