Reading challenges get us out of our comfort zones. Whether we’re trying to expand what genres we read, catch up on classics, or just plain read more, these lists and challenges are a great way to reconsider our reading habits.
Chloe Caldwell writes in such an honest way that Women reads like a journal entry. In fact, I confess to mistaking the novella for memoir at first, having read Caldwell’s other work. However one categorizes it, it’s a compelling story about complicated, obsessive love.
Chloe Caldwell’s personal essays have a way of making me dissect my own life, whether I want to or not. I say “me” instead of “you” (though I bet it would be true for you too), and I am disregarding the editorial ‘we.’ Reading Legs Get Led Astray is not an abstraction – it is her voice and my brain having a conversation through the page. And though at times what I remembered through her past made me uncomfortable, it was only because I knew the feelings to be true. I enjoyed Legs Get Led Astray in the same way a song can hurt so good. Love, lust and loneliness – Over and over I say that is what I want to read and what I want to write, and this book makes me want to write.