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The new domestic novel

Contemporary writers are reimagining how we think about family life

By Jane Shilling   August 2015

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Sad people who do not know what they want in life, Leo Tolstoy remarked on reading Ivan Turgenev’s novel On the Eve, should not write novels. But without melancholy and confusion, where would fiction be? No literary genre is more haunted by self-doubt than the novel—but only the novel affronts the minutiae of existence with such subversive particularity. If the heroic…

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