What the Furies Bring by Kenneth Sherman. Recommended by Steven W. Beattie.

What the Furies Bring by Kenneth Sherman

Published: October 2009, The Porcupine’s Quill

ISBN: 9780889843189

The Recommend:

Although it’s hardly light holiday reading, Kenneth Sherman’s essay collection What Furies Bring is a powerful literary engagement with our post-9/11 world.

Including close readings of work by Martin Amis, John Updike, Primo Levi, and others, the book arises out of the author’s decision to seek out “literature [that] could address the most extreme circumstances,” and becomes a cri de coeurfor the power of the written word, an avowal that literature is more than “a deceptive luxury.”

What begins in darkness ends on a note of hope and uplift.

It’s a potent, worthy collection.


About Steven W. Beattie:


Steven W. Beattie is the review editor at Quill & Quire and the proprietor of the literary website That Shakespearean Rag.

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