29 May 2016

Review: The Portable Veblen

The Portable Veblen The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm trying to figure out what it was about The Portable Veblen that didn't work for me. A well-written piece of contemporary fiction about a woman with a few quirks and a curious squirrel navigating through pre-marriage life, it's just a little off-center from the genre that it exists in, and yet it just didn't 100% connect for me.

Maybe it was the way it felt like it moved from scene to scene in a less organic way? Maybe it was the way Veblen was portrayed and how I couldn't figure out if she was meant to be what she was or if it was an attempt to subvert any specific trope. I can't place it, but I think a lot of people would find a lot to like about this one even if I didn't.

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