Title

The Heart of the Story

Campus

Gainesville

Publication date

2-10-2021

Publisher

North Carolina Literary Review

Book or Journal Information

"The Heart of the Story." Review of Monique Truong's 'The Sweetest Fruits.' North Carolina Literary Review Online, vol. 30, February 2021, pp. 118-120.

Abstract

This critical review examines Truong's 2019 novel, focusing on the four women narrators who, in telling the story of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, assert that one person's story--even that of a historical figure like Hearn--is never only his own. Exploring Truong's decentered narrative, the essay emphasizes the novel's reflections on the nature of storytelling itself, asserting, ultimately, that the novel is well-worth the read for its delicious language and provocative insight.

Author Biography

Tanya Long Bennett is professor of English at University of North Georgia, where she has taught since 2001. She is currently editing Critical Essays on the Writings of Lillian Smith for University of Mississippi Press, forthcoming in 2021. Previous publications include a monograph on the novels of Lee Smith and articles on the fiction of Lorraine López and Ana Castillo. She has also published two open education resources for first year composition textbooks with the University of North Georgia Press.

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North Carolina Literary Review

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The Heart of the Story

This critical review examines Truong's 2019 novel, focusing on the four women narrators who, in telling the story of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, assert that one person's story--even that of a historical figure like Hearn--is never only his own. Exploring Truong's decentered narrative, the essay emphasizes the novel's reflections on the nature of storytelling itself, asserting, ultimately, that the novel is well-worth the read for its delicious language and provocative insight.