This past Monday, after attending Kiley Reid’s book signing at Literati Bookstore and hearing her read from her hit debut novel “Such a Fun Age,” I spent my night reflecting on the nature of art, authorial intent and what I have appreciated so much about my recent reads.
Writers have rarely shied away from historical tragedies like genocide, war and oppressive governments. The Orwells of the world have dissected and shown the dangers of humanity’s most destructive ideologies.
Many great poems leave plenty of work for the reader when it comes to extracting the intricacies of the author’s meaning, but Dunn simply cannot afford to take these liberties when dealing with such sensitive and problematic subject matter. If people have changed after and felt remorse for a dark time in their lives where they were unequivocally wrong, coming clean and apologizing does not merit admonishment.
While such narrative structure allows for a more multifaceted take on traditional linear plot construction, the jarring leaps in time and indecisive switches between narrative voices render “Run Me to Earth” shallow and groundless.