The Onion

kate-braestrup_0  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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