The Life of the Mind by Christine Smallwood

The Life of the Mind

Christine Smallwood

fiction contemporary literary dark reflective slow-paced

240 pages | first published 2021

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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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Summary of 271 reviews

Moods

reflective 87%
dark 47%
funny 37%
emotional 34%
sad 30%
challenging 13%
tense 9%
informative 5%
lighthearted 2%
mysterious 2%
hopeful 1%

Pace

slow 50%
medium 43%
fast 6%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 92% | A mix: 3% | Plot: 3% | N/A: 1%

Strong character development?

No: 46% | It's complicated: 33% | Yes: 19%

Loveable characters?

No: 50% | It's complicated: 33% | Yes: 15%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 92% | N/A: 3% | It's complicated: 1% | Yes: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 17% | N/A: 1% | No: 1%

Average rating

3.51

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