This slim novel by Vermont author Makenna Goodman punches well above its weight. Readers familiar with the feeling of inadequacy scrolling social media can set off will be moved by this razor sharp portrait of a young mother on the verge of losing herself.
— From 10 Favorites of 2020
A Refinery29 Best New Book of Fall 2020A Literary Hub Recommended Read for August 2020A Bustle "Most Anticipated Book of August 2020"A Harvard Review Favorite Book of 2020, Selected by Miciah Bay GaultA White Review Recommended Read of 2020A Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Reading Recommendation for Fall 2020 What if you could change your life? Would you do it? How would you do it?
Alma and her family live close to the land: they raise chickens and sheep, they make maple syrup. Every day Alma's husband leaves for his job at a nearby college while she stays home with their young children, cleans, searches for secondhand goods online, and reads books by the women writers she adores. Then, one night, she abruptly leaves it all behind--speeding through the darkness, away from their Vermont homestead, bound for New York.
In a series of flashbacks, Alma reveals the circumstances and choices that led to this moment. The joys and claustrophobia of their remote life through the passing of each season. Her fears and uncertainties about motherhood. The painfully awkward faculty dinners. Her feelings of loneliness and failure. And her growing fascination with Celeste: the mysterious ceramicist and self-loving doppelg nger whose story begins as inspiration for Alma before turning into a powerful obsession.
A fable both blistering and surreal, The Shame
is a propulsive, funny, and thought-provoking debut about a woman in isolation, whose mind--fueled by capitalism, motherhood, and the search for meaningful art--attempts to betray her.