It Will Come to Me (Magill's Literary Annual 2010)
In It Will Come to Me, an exquisitely styled, humanely satirical novel of academe, writer Emily Fox Gordon forges an unusual trackthat of a hurricaneto allow at least the possibility of redemption for her put-upon central couple. Ruth Blau is the author of an acclaimed trilogy of novels, now twenty-five years behind her. Ben Blau skimps on his bureaucratic duties as philosophy chair at the Lola Dees Institute (commonly known as Lola) to finish a book about altruism. Before Hurricane Heather can play its redemptive role in the ninth and final chapter of It Will Come to Me, Gordon skillfully alternates viewpoints between her two protagonists in the first eight.
Both Ben and Ruth have suffered seemingly irremediable personal and professional losses. Ruth has not written since the birth twenty-four years ago of their only child, Isaac. She has only a flawed manuscript to show for her former efforts at continuing her writing career. Isaac, now a dropout and mentally ill, has become a street person. His parents have not seen him for two years, and their only means of communicating with their son is through his eccentric psychaitrist. Ben, meanwhile, has lost his secretary Dolores, whose industrious dedication to her job enabled him to ignore his administrative duties and work on his book, Necessity of Altruism. Dolores has been transferred to a different department out of spite by Lola’s hated new dean, who refers to professors as...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 2010)
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