AUDIENCE: For readers of Sylvia Plath, Carmen Maria Machado and Iain Reid, interested in themes of Queer romance, Mental health, Philosophy, True Crime and Female friendship
TOPICAL DISCUSSIONS OF FEMINISM IN ACADEMIA: Along with post-partum mental health and women’s mental health
STRONG SENSE OF PLACE AND WORLD-BUILDING: Old British campus feel; exploration of quirks and traditions of British academia; town vs. gown dynamics; exploration of class and wealth structures and their impact on British academia
CREATIVE ENGAGEMENT WITH GENRE IS APPEALING TO READERS RIGHT NOW: Plays with form—bildungsroman, detective novel, philosophical novel, first-person confessional fiction
“In Victoria Sees It, Carrie Jenkins pursues the idea of women’s madness: its origins, its structures, and, most radically, its insights. When I began reading this beguiling story, I was put in mind of Charlotte Brontë, as the main character is a cross between the odd and serious Jane Eyre and the raving, attic-bound Mrs. Rochester. Jenkins’s voice manages the rare feat of being remarkably intelligent and complex, while being fast paced and engaging. A brilliant thriller about the infinite corridors and wondrous nooks and crannies of women’s minds.” —Heather O’Neill
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