Discussion Notes: White Light
Next month’s novel: The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan
Rated: Explicit themes and language
On today’s show, Anais, Gerald, and Maya gush over this literary novel that delves into the artistic process, loss, body image, and relationships, both romantic and familial.
The hosts analyze the novel’s characters, themes, motifs, and framing devices. All three hosts were impressed with the way traditional and visual art is threaded throughout the novel to highlight emotional beats and themes. In particular, Maya loved the poetics and raw craft. As for Anais, the astute renderings of fictional characters so they resembled people she'[s encountered in life was hair raising. Meanwhile, Gerald fawned about the depth of the themes which lurked beneath a simple plot.
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