THE FOLDED CLOCK: A DIARY
HEIDI JULAVITS (BLOOMSBURY, $32.99)
Heidi Julavits was dismayed to discover “the mind of a paranoid tax auditor” when she re-read her teenage diary. So, for a couple of years, she decided to diarise again. The result is an intriguing insight into a life that’s bared with admirable honesty, wit, reflection, a little self-flagellation and a whole lot of chutzpah. Anxiety, ageing, madness under Manhattan bridges, family secrets – they’re all tackled with a boldness and candour that shows Julavits and those in her life in a light that’s always sympathetic, but not always flattering. An acclaimed novelist, short-story writer and Columbia University teacher, Julavits is fierce, fun, flawed and fascinating. The Folded Clock is almost epistolary in nature, as Julavits seems to write to reveal herself to herself, bringing us along for an absorbing ride.