This gorgeous book is utterly transporting in details and setting. A coming-of-age novel, it takes a deep look at desire, cultural identity, small town life, and mother-daughter relations--and is likely to make you want to escape to the Turkish seaside for a long time.
If you want to disappear into a cabin in rural Italy, this is the book for you. Atmospheric and a bit strange, it channels some Shirley Jackson, Virginia Woolf, Ottessa Moshfegh--and even a little Richard Powers--making for a perfect interweaving of the experience of communing with the beauty of nature while struggling to carve out one's own reality. This slim book has something for everyone.
Dawidziak's outstanding biography presents its subject through a winning combination of Poe research and the perspectives of creators influenced by his work. While vividly conveying Poe as both a person and a writer, the book also takes a stab at solving the mystery of his death; this is compelling reading for Poe aficionados as well as those who've yet to read a word of his poetry or fiction.