New York Review of Books, Paperback, 9781590172704, 191pp.
Publication Date: August 19, 2008
And Maude Hutchins's "Victorine"? It's a sly, shocking, one-of-a-kind novel that explores sex and society with wayward and unabashedly weird inspiration, a drive-by snapshot of the great abject American family in its suburban haunts by a literary maverick whose work looks forward to--and sometimes outstrips--David Lynch's "Blue Velvet "and the contemporary paintings of Lisa Yuskavage and John Currin.
Terry Castle, essayist and scholar, teaches at Stanford University and is the author of several books of literary criticism. She recently edited" The Literature of Lesbianism: A Historical Anthology from Ariosto to Stonewall. "Her essays appear regularly in the" Atlantic, " the" New Republic, " and the" London Review of Books."
"If a Colette were possible in this country, that is presumably what Maude Hutchins would like to be. The sensuous is her window on the world; sexuality is the sea for all her voyages..." -New York Times
"Maude Hutchins writes like a lascivious I. Compton-Burnett." —Time
"The novels of Hutchins [are] witty and intelligent." -Studies in the 20th Century
"Victorine..established her reputation as a richly ironical imagist." -Time
"Maude Hutchins has a forcefully genuine talent...Like Iris Murdoch, she is among the most imaginatively creative women writing in English." -Terry Southern, New York Times