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Interior States by Meghan O'Gieblyn

Interior States

Interior States by Meghan O'Gieblyn
Oct 09, 2018 | 288 Pages
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“One of the most consistently absorbing collection of essays I’ve read in a long time. Meghan O’Gieblyn is at times rueful, at times hard-hitting, but hers is a distinctly independent-minded and nuanced voice.” 
—Daphne Merkin 

For insight into America’s eschatological mind-set, and into fundamentalist culture generally, there may be no more eloquent guide than Meghan O’Gieblyn, who was raised in the faith and then — painfully, reluctantly — abandoned it… What she captures most vividly here is Christianity’s indomitable reach… Thrillingly alive, her essays are testaments to exquisite attentiveness, each painstakingly stitched and emitting a pleasing, old-fashioned whiff of starch.”
—Emily Eakin, The New York Times Book Review

“Comparing O’Gieblyn’s writing on the Midwest to Didion’s essays on California might seem too easy, but the comparison is apt. Both authors seem to be looking for a way out of their homeland, even as they admit they’ll probably never leave.”
—Naomi Huffman, Bookforum 

“Armed with a crackling intellect, a dry wit, and a lucid, precise prose style, O’Gieblyn shows how difficult it is to truly leave behind the faiths we once inhabited… [An] insightful and poignant debut.”
—Jospeh Kuhn, The Rumpus 

“Consistently, exquisitely thought-provoking… the collection of essays is at once challenging and lyrical, and portrays a nuanced, complicated look at faith, secularism, and evangelical culture in 2018.”

“[A] standout.” 
Minneapolis Star Tribune 

“An essayist of uncommon vision… [O’Gieblyn] displays a knack for noting the traces of the religious in the supposedly secular, as well as the inverse… An inquiry into the very heart of contemporary American life.”
—Nathan Goldman, Los Angeles Review of Books

“[O’Gieblyn] displays a hyper-awareness of her region’s place in history… Interior States can be taken as a record of the neuroses of a cradle evangelical… Can anything replace religious belief? This is the question that haunts O’Gieblyn’s book, even at its end.”
The Point 

“[A] delightful debut… well-crafted and enjoyable… [O’Gieblyn’s] individual essays flow due to the moving prose, her sense of irony, and her deep insight into and affection for her topics.” 
Publishers Weekly 

“What we need is a new literature of empathy, a canon that is more representative of the people who make up the country. Such a canon would include Interior States… If we are fortunate, we will all doubt everything we have been told and have the opportunity to redefine ourselves. At her best, O’Gieblyn offers a guide book about how to survive such a time.”
—Don Kelly, Spectrum Culture

“A unique compendium of contemplative musings… thought provoking… A solid choice for intellectually curious readers.”
Library Journal 

“O’Gieblyn’s writing about the Midwest avoids the usual folksiness or cutesiness inherent in many such essays. There are no cute anecdotes about raising chickens or rooting for the Packers here. Instead, she plumbs the complexities of the Midwestern identity, what keeps us here and what compels us to leave.”
The Capital Times, Madison

“Often stunning, always measured… a wry, ambitious catalog of what happens when a writer abondons belief yet retains a religious language and latitude… O’Gieblyn is a writer worth trusting, a writer who audaciously, and stylistically, seeks truth.” 
—Nick Ripatrazone, The Millions

“O’Gieblyn’s contemporary, hip voice is one people need to hear.” 
Kirkus Reviews

“Genuinely empathetic… [O’Gieblyn] conjures midwestern angst… with humor and dread… Other themes she considers with grace, wit, and compassion.” 

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