111. Masque (Rachel Zolf)

Although the least interesting of Zolf’s books, Masque remains an intriguing take on a tired genre — the “autobiographical novel” — as Zolf arranges fragmentary lines into a dramatic script for a family in crisis. Much of the text involves Zolf elliptically dramatizing her relationship with her father, famed journalist Larry Zolf, and examining the role of media in interpersonal relationships. Part long poem, part experimental novel, Masque refuses pat emotions in favour of a complicated web of conflicting insights.

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