The Life of the Mind by Christine Smallwood

The Life of the Mind

Christine Smallwood

240 pages first pub 2021 (editions)

fiction contemporary literary dark reflective slow-paced

Description

A witty, intelligent novel of an American woman on the edge, by a brilliant new voice in fiction—“the glorious love child of Ottessa Moshfegh and Sally Rooney” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)As an adjunct professor of English in New York City ...

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Community Reviews Summary of 536 reviews

Moods

reflective 82%
dark 46%
emotional 36%
funny 33%
sad 29%
challenging 20%
tense 12%
informative 5%
lighthearted 2%
mysterious 2%
inspiring 1%
relaxing 1%

Pace

slow 50%
medium 38%
fast 10%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 94% | A mix: 2% | Plot: 1%

Strong character development?

No: 47% | It's complicated: 35% | Yes: 17%

Loveable characters?

No: 46% | It's complicated: 35% | Yes: 18%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 84% | N/A: 7% | It's complicated: 5% | Yes: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 76% | It's complicated: 19% | No: 3% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

3.44

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