With his recently released generational saga “Column of Fire,” historical fiction guru Ken Follett brings the latest installment of the Kingsbridge Series to the niche community of Middle Age-enthusiasts.
Grudova is too smart to disgust her readers without a purpose. Every harrowing description, every piece of brutal body horror has a clear focus. At its core, this is a book about the danger and existential panic contained within women’s bodies. It’s a vivid externalization of female pain and anger.
Stryker, a writer and activist who specializes in developing consent culture in alternative communities, argues against the rhetoric of sex positivity or negativity in favor of a “sex critical” attitude.
It would be a mistake to confuse her preference for simple, everyday subjects with an inability to cope with complexity and ambiguity; Giovanni is able to sit comfortably at the midline between light and dark, hope and hopelessness.