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Pew : a novel – tekijä: Catherine Lacey

Pew : a novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2020; vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Catherine Lacey

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"A human-like creature emerges in a small town and sends the citizens into a frenzy"--
Teoksen nimi:Pew : a novel
Kirjailijat:Catherine Lacey
Info:New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.
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Pew (tekijä: Catherine Lacey) (2020)


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In Catherine Lacey’s thought-provoking novel, Pew, a stranger appears out of nowhere in a small town in the American South, discovered asleep in a church by the congregation on Sunday morning. The townspeople are intrigued and mystified by this new presence, but also disturbed because the stranger does not speak, is androgynous and racially ambiguous in appearance, and, though youthful, is of indeterminate age. The Reverend decides that the stranger can go by the name Pew, “Until you get around to telling us something different,” and a young couple, Steven and Hilda, agree to take Pew into their home. The story is narrated by Pew, who seems just as bewildered by the circumstances of his/her arrival in the town as the residents are, and the action takes place in the fraught week leading up to the Forgiveness Festival, a sacred ritual of great and solemn consequence for the town’s many believers. Lacey’s intent here seems to be to illustrate how human behaviours and valuations are influenced by assumptions we make about one another based on physical appearance and personal data such as name, age, gender, place of origin, religious affiliation, etc. Pew stirs up confusion, frustration, unease, even hostility among the townsfolk because in his/her case none of these customary designations are known. Pew’s silent, watchful presence remains a disturbing mystery from his/her first appearance in the church to his/her participation in the Forgiveness Festival at the novel’s ambiguous conclusion. But it’s not as if the reader knows more than anyone else: though Pew narrates, he/she shares no memories of a previous life: Pew seems to have sprung fully formed out of the earth. Lacey’s narrative builds tension as Pew placidly observes the people around him/her struggling to fill the information void he/she creates with his/her withholding silence, trying to figure out how to behave toward him/her. The novel certainly raises fascinating questions about prejudice, societal inflexibility, and the compulsion to categorize people in order to deal with them whether or not those categories are appropriate or assigned fairly. But the narrative has a quality of deliberate vagueness that holds it somewhat aloof, preventing the reader from forging a meaningful connection with the characters and becoming emotionally immersed in their story. At the same time, Lacey’s prose is cool, limpid and filled with quietly memorable and insightful observations about human nature. Pew is a powerfully enigmatic work of fiction, one that—like its main character—holds its secrets close. We finish it with more questions than answers. But ambiguity is clearly fundamental to the effect Lacey is seeking to create. ( )
  icolford | May 4, 2021 |
A mysterious fable of sin & forgiveness, forgiveness v. forgetting, universality, suspicion, acceptance, fear of differences. A person of illusive gender, age, voice, race identity is found sleeping on a church pew, and is so named, Pew. She has no memory and is present as an observer of human hypocrisy. A fascinating, powerful piece of fiction! Incredibly thought provoking! ( )
  hemlokgang | Dec 19, 2020 |
This book is more about the residents of the town that it is about the main character, Pew. To me, it was Pew's silence that aggravated the townspeople more than its ambiguous nature. I think that's what kept me reading. What confounded me was the big buildup to the Forgiveness Festival. The book is memorable, in a way, but I forgot how the story ended about 3 minutes after I finished reading. ??? ( )
  librarygeek33 | Dec 7, 2020 |
Have you ever found yourself just listening to someone and they open up and tell you things that under regular circumstances, they would never say? That's basically what happens to Pew. Since Pew doesn't speak, the strangers he meets tell stories about themselves and their families that they've never told before. It's a novel that shows the side of people that they never show. The novel explores racism, gender issues, as well as labels. Seeing it through Pew's eyes is what makes this novel feel like a fable. Pew is an observer of a community. That's what pulled me in. The ending is definitely obscure which makes this a novel that either people will love or hate. Either way, readers will be thinking about Pew long after they finish reading. ( )
  Beth.Clarke | Nov 21, 2020 |
This mysteriously unsettling novel evoked Carson McCullers' The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers, and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery for me. When a mute young teenager of unknown gender and ethnicity is found sleeping on a church pew in a small Southern Bible Belt town, they are named “Pew” and taken in by an uneasy local family and introduced to neighbors in the hope that someone can get Pew to speak. Pew speaks but two words through the novel and provides only sketchy glimpses into their origin, with no explanation of why or how they ended up in the tiny community. What Pew does is to cause others to speak way more than they should, to fill in Pew's utter silence and to honor their non-judgmental mien. Most people meeting Pew in this small and insular religious hamlet become angry and frustrated by their inability to categorize or to understand this stranger in their midst. In the meantime, frightening disappearances are occurring in a neighboring county on the cusp of the annual local “Forgiveness Festival”, bringing the plot to a confusing conclusion. ( )
  froxgirl | Aug 18, 2020 |
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