"e;Finalist, 2015 Midwest Book Award
Chicago Book Review Best Book of 2015"e;
Set in the frozen wasteland of Midwestern academia, "e;The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath "e;introduces Wilson A. Lavender, father of three, instructor of women s studies, and self-proclaimed genius who is beginning to think he knows nothing about women. He spends much of his time in his office "e;not"e; working on his dissertation, a creative piece titled The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath. A sober alcoholic, he also spends much of his time "e;not"e; drinking, until he hooks up with his office mate, Alice Cherry, an undercover stripper who introduces him to the buffer the chemical solution to his woes.
Wilson s wife, Katie, is an anxious hippie, genuine earth mother, and recent PhD with no plans other than to read "e;People"e; magazine, eat chocolate, and seduce her young neighbor a community college student who has built a bar in his garage. Intelligent and funny, Katie is haunted by a violent childhood. Her husband s tortured genius both exhausts and amuses her.
The Lavenders stagnant world is roiled when Katie s pregnant sister, January, moves in. Obsessed with her lost love, 80s rocker Stevie Flame, January is on a quest to reconnect with her glittery, big-haired past. A free spirit to the point of using other people s toothbrushes without asking, she drives Wilson crazy.
Exploring the landscape of family life, troubled relationships, dreams of the future, and nightmares of the past, Knutsen has conjured a literary gem filled with humor and sorrow, Aqua Net and Scooby-Doo, diapers and benzodiazepines all the detritus and horror and beauty of modern life."e;
The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath
Northern Illinois University Press