Betwixt-and-Between by Jenny Boully
Essays on the Writing Life

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“Betwixt-and-Between” is living proof of that: It’s not only a powerful demonstration of writing as life, but of the ways that lived experiences can illuminate and transform writing.
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“Jenny is the future of nonfiction in America. What an absurdly arrogant statement to make. I make it anyway. Watch.” ―John D’Agata

“Yes, Aristotle, there can be pleasure without ‘complete and unified action with a beginning, middle, and end.’ Jenny Boully has done it.” ―Mary Jo Bang

“Jenny Boully is a deeply weird writer―in the best way.” ―Ander Monson

Jenny Boully’s essays are ripe with romance and sensual pleasures, drawing connections between the digression, reflection, imagination, and experience that characterizes falling in love as well as the life of a writer. Literary theory, philosophy, and linguistics rub up against memory, dreamscapes, and fancy, making the practice of writing a metaphor for the illusory nature of experience. Betwixt and Between is, in many ways, simply a book about how to live.

Jenny Boully is the author of The Body: An Essay, The Book of Beginnings and Endings: Essays, not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them, and other books. Born in Thailand, she grew up in Texas and holds a PhD in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She teaches creative writing and literature at Columbia College Chicago.

 

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Published April 3, 2018 by Coffee House Press. 140 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Above average
on Jan 22 2018

The author’s prose is reminiscent of Lydia Davis’—spare, elliptical, unexpected—and sometimes, in her rhythmic cadences, of Gertrude Stein’s.

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Reviewed by Tobias Carroll on Apr 13 2018

“Betwixt-and-Between” is living proof of that: It’s not only a powerful demonstration of writing as life, but of the ways that lived experiences can illuminate and transform writing.

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