Kate Braestrup is known primarily through her memoirs Here if You Need Me and Anchor and Flares. But before taking her self as a subjext, Kate was an aspiring novelist. One of our readers recently donated a copy of her out-of-print novel The Onion. It’s central figure is Ellen Elliot, 23, who has dropped out of divinity school at Georgetown to marry and raise her son. But she longs for more stimulation, both intellectual and romantic, than provided in her marriage. The spiraling narrative focuses on the heroine’s bewilderment about her desires. A chance meeting in a restaurant with her former physics professor moves her fantasies into the realm of the actual. Although critics found that EE’s inner monologues ran on at times, they also praised her idiosyncratic characters, quirky dialogue and “flashes of wit and insight (Publishers Weekly).” Says Library Journal, this first novel is refreshingly creative, [and] alive.”
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Quotable“The precise role of the artist is to illuminate that darkness, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of our purpose, which is to make the world a more human dwelling place.” James Baldwin