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Boston Adventure by Jean Stafford
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Jun 29, 2021 | ISBN 9781681375373

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“Forty years after [Stafford’s] death, her sentences still gleam like knives. . . . In Stafford, there is the kingdom of childhood in all its taboos—its furtiveness and griminess. . . . Here is the fury of children. . . . Here is the full range of their dark knowledge.” —Parul Seghal, The New York Times

“Boston Adventure, Stafford’s debut, is like Charlotte Brontë’s Villette, a raw depiction of female isolation.” —Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air

“Stafford is not interested in flattering our sensibilities. . . . She has a remarkable ability to balance lacerating irony with a very plangent pathos.” —Garth Greenwell

“Boston Adventure stands as a textbook example of formal dexterity and invention. . . . Sentence for sentence, Boston Adventure is as beautifully composed as any American novel I have ever read.” —Scott Bradfield, Los Angeles Times

“Stafford . . . studiously recreates a certain idea of literary Boston, replete with the flavour of Henry James and William Dean Howells.” —Dennis Zhou, The Times Literary Supplement

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