Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose
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Chew-Bose's lyrical prose thankfully lingers, languishes and takes its time – and we all benefit from the pace the author sets.
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One of Vulture's "25 of the Most Exciting Book Releases for 2017"

One of Nylon's "50 Books We Can't Wait To Read In 2017"

An entirely original portrait of a young writer shutting out the din in order to find her own voice

On April 11, 1931, Virginia Woolf ended her entry in A Writer’s Diary with the words “too much and not the mood.” She was describing how tired she was of correcting her own writing, of the “cramming in and the cutting out” to please other readers, wondering if she had anything at all that was truly worth saying.

The character of that sentiment, the attitude of it, inspired Durga Chew-Bose to write and collect her own work. The result is a lyrical and piercingly insightful collection of essays and her own brand of essay-meets-prose poetry about identity and culture. Inspired by Maggie Nelson’s Bluets, Lydia Davis’s short prose, and Vivian Gornick’s exploration of interior life, Chew-Bose captures the inner restlessness that keeps her always on the brink of creative expression.

Too Much and Not the Mood is a beautiful and surprising exploration of what it means to be a first-generation, creative young woman working today.

 

About Durga Chew-Bose

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Durga Chew-Bose is a Montreal-born writer. Her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, Filmmaker, The New Inquiry, and The Guardian, among other publications.
 
Published April 11, 2017 by FSG Originals. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Feb 21 2017

Chew-Bose is an intense observer and cataloger of sensations, but this type of literary impressionism, where self-discovery becomes self-absorption, wears thin.

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Stacey May Fowles on Apr 21 2017

Chew-Bose finds rich metaphor in the mundane, but is also able to simplify the most monumental of human feelings.

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Reviewed by Stacey May Fowles on Apr 21 2017

Chew-Bose's lyrical prose thankfully lingers, languishes and takes its time – and we all benefit from the pace the author sets.

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