Off the heels of his critically acclaimed 2004 novel “Home Land” and its 2010 follow-up “The Ask,” Lipsyte has established himself in the literary world as a sort of satire boy genius, continuously challenging his readers with underdog male leads in scenarios that mirror our own world, through a slightly off-kilter lens.
Lukach hands us a carbon copy of his tired yet beating heart between these pages. His vulnerability coupled with his strength in truly difficult times make for heartbreak in the most ingenuous of ways.
“The Idiot” has no true beginning and no real end; rather, it is a collection of the moments and panics and discoveries and revelations and mundane evenings and mornings spent covering up last night’s heartbreak that make up a freshman’s year.
Adichie wants future generations of daughters to be “full of opinions,” proud and honest, able to confront and challenge the harsh realities of the world and maintain their sense of self in the process.