Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
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How can a novel do justice to real life and also serve as an escape from real life? How can you write a book intended to acknowledge that most women’s stories are not fairy tales if you also feel obliged to provide a fairy-tale ending? When Weiner experiments with breaking that rule, as she does in “Certain Girls,” her readers are swift to make their displeasure known: “Stop reading when you get to page 344!” one Amazon reviewer warned. So if Weiner has indeed been relegated to a (golden) cage, it’s not all that clear just who’s keeping her there.