Wednesday, July 19, 2017
This Is What All The Fuss Was About????????????????????
My recent post on the Literary Brat Pack, which has me searching for one I can be a part of, unless I am just one of my own, made me wonder about Jill Eisenstadt. How did she become a part of this exalted group, as I had never heard of her books, let alone read any of them? So, I picked up what is considered her breakthrough work, "From Rockaway." I found it readable, but when I was finished, what the hell was the point?
That this made some kind of a fuss astonished me. Eisenstadt had the good fortune to be at Bennington College with that high profile combo of Bret Easton Ellis, and the still brilliant--the only one of this group, as far as I am concerned, who is--Donna Tartt.
This coincidental collusion is the sole basis, as I can see, for Eisenstadt's success. Her entire novel reads like a collection of discarded material borrowed from Ellis. And how does a Jewish girl write about a group of kids, who are basically Catholic? One has an aunt, who is a nun, which accounts for some humor, and most have gone through parochial school out there! And no mention of "The Song Of Bernadette?" Come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What she gives the reader are a collection of slackers doing what slackers do, only in Rockaway, Queens. She gets the milieu of the place right; having lived in Queens, myself, for fifteen years, I grasped the misery of the place she conveyed, which is what she is best at.
But the kids she portrays could be any group of youngsters, at any point in time. Who cares? What the hell did editors go crazy over about this readable, but otherwise mediocre work? Jill, baby, get a new beat, because Queens is beat. The Wicked Witch Of The West wouldn't even fly over it!
At least, I can say I have read Jill. Tama Janowitz? Not yet, but oh, God, when I do.................
And neither of these women can do a thing right, with their hair!!!!!!!!!!! Haven't they learned, over time, that hair is key to literary success??????????
Just look at a picture of Lauren Weisberger, dears!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!