"Koppelman's prose is as spare and powerful as poetry."-St. Petersburg Times, on A Mouthful of Air
In the follow-up to her acclaimed debut, A Mouthful of Air, which drew comparisons from critics to The Bell Jar and The Awakening, Amy Koppelman delivers an unrestrained statement on the modern suburban woman.
Laney Brooks acts out. Married with kids, she takes the drugs she wants, sleeps with the men she wants, and disappears when she wants. Lurking beneath Laney's composed surface is the impulse to follow in the footsteps of her father, to leave and topple her family's balance in the process.
Literature & Fiction,
Two Dollar Radio
November 1, 2008
This is a rather cryptic and mysterious book. It reads like poetry and explores the "messed up" mind of Laney, a suburban housewife and the protagonist. I Smile Back has an air of Sylvia Plath and Kate Chopin but it is not as artistically or engagingly written. The book is structured like a play in three sections: "Act One: North Jersey, Labor Day, 2002" "Intermission" "Act … more