Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Ten top books about toxic masculinity

Ani Katz is a writer, photographer, and teacher. She was born and raised on the South Shore of Long Island, New York, and holds an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago and a BA from Yale. She lives in Brooklyn.

Katz's new novel is A Good Man.

At the Guardian she tagged ten favorite books about toxic masculinity. One title on the list:
The Wych Elm by Tana French [US title: The Witch Elm]

The banality of male entitlement is exemplified by protagonist Toby Hennessey, a “lucky” young Dubliner who is nearly beaten to death when he interrupts the burglary of his apartment. Toby retreats to his uncle’s rambling manse to recuperate, where a discovery forces him to confront gaps in his memory. What seems on the surface to be a conventional whodunnit told by a likable if somewhat obtuse narrator is actually a meditation on the dark side of privilege, and how it blinds people (men especially) to the harms they commit.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

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