Monday, May 21, 2012

Sempre Susan by Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez is one of my favorite living novelists. It turns out she briefly dated Susan Sontag's son David when they were very young. Her memoir of that time is fascinating and lets you get to know Sontag more than reading Sontag's own diary does, which is stiff and does not feel true to life or intimate in comparison. The glimpse into Sontag's character was memorable but this is mostly interesting to me in terms of Nunez's own journey whose accomplishment as a writer of terrific fiction grew to overshadow this moment in her life.

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