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Pew: A Novel de Catherine Lacey
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Pew: A Novel (original: 2020; edição: 2020)

de Catherine Lacey (Autor)

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"A human-like creature emerges in a small town and sends the citizens into a frenzy"--
Membro:Beamis12
Título:Pew: A Novel
Autores:Catherine Lacey (Autor)
Informação:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2020), 224 pages
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Pew de Catherine Lacey (2020)

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A mysterious fable of sin & forgiveness, forgiveness v. forgetting, universality, suspicion, acceptance, fear of differences. A person of illusive gender, age, voice, race identity is found sleeping on a church pew, and is so named, Pew. She has no memory and is present as an observer of human hypocrisy. A fascinating, powerful piece of fiction! Incredibly thought provoking! ( )
  hemlokgang | Dec 19, 2020 |
This book is more about the residents of the town that it is about the main character, Pew. To me, it was Pew's silence that aggravated the townspeople more than its ambiguous nature. I think that's what kept me reading. What confounded me was the big buildup to the Forgiveness Festival. The book is memorable, in a way, but I forgot how the story ended about 3 minutes after I finished reading. ??? ( )
  librarygeek33 | Dec 7, 2020 |
Have you ever found yourself just listening to someone and they open up and tell you things that under regular circumstances, they would never say? That's basically what happens to Pew. Since Pew doesn't speak, the strangers he meets tell stories about themselves and their families that they've never told before. It's a novel that shows the side of people that they never show. The novel explores racism, gender issues, as well as labels. Seeing it through Pew's eyes is what makes this novel feel like a fable. Pew is an observer of a community. That's what pulled me in. The ending is definitely obscure which makes this a novel that either people will love or hate. Either way, readers will be thinking about Pew long after they finish reading. ( )
  Beth.Clarke | Nov 21, 2020 |
This mysteriously unsettling novel evoked Carson McCullers' The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers, and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery for me. When a mute young teenager of unknown gender and ethnicity is found sleeping on a church pew in a small Southern Bible Belt town, they are named “Pew” and taken in by an uneasy local family and introduced to neighbors in the hope that someone can get Pew to speak. Pew speaks but two words through the novel and provides only sketchy glimpses into their origin, with no explanation of why or how they ended up in the tiny community. What Pew does is to cause others to speak way more than they should, to fill in Pew's utter silence and to honor their non-judgmental mien. Most people meeting Pew in this small and insular religious hamlet become angry and frustrated by their inability to categorize or to understand this stranger in their midst. In the meantime, frightening disappearances are occurring in a neighboring county on the cusp of the annual local “Forgiveness Festival”, bringing the plot to a confusing conclusion. ( )
  froxgirl | Aug 18, 2020 |
Imagine wandering without knowing anything about oneself, except that you exist. Where did you come from? Where you going anywhere? Are you even male, female, something else? How old are you? None of these are things that matter. What does matter is finding a place to rest, maybe even sleep.

Churches are good for that.

And when the protagonist of Pew by Catherine Lacey finds a church in which to sleep, everyone in the strange little town in which it is located is oddly invested in knowing more. They name their newly found person Pew for being found sleeping on one. The family that takes Pew in constantly cajoles, entreats and begs Pew to reveal more. Every time one of them tries to find out more, they show their judgment even as they deny being judgmental. Just existing and resisting only by being practically non-responsive riles up doctors and church folk.

The church folk are the ones who control the small town. It's nearly that time of year, when the annual Forgiveness Festival is held. Emotions are ramping up. The mood is ominous, especially for something that is supposed to be healing. And only the white people take part; the Black side of town stays away. At the same time, the news is filled with people disappearing from a nearby town.

The novel begins with an epigraph of Ursula K Le Guin’s The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas, and has overtones of other works, including Kafka, The Giver by Lois Shields and The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. The plot and the philosophical questions blend seamlessly. It is tempting both to turn the pages as quickly as possible to see what is happening, and to stop and mull over the existential questions and noticings of a stripped down character that remains a complex being.

Who are we, as just ourselves? As humanity? What are we like? What are the things that make a difference? Are they physical? Mental? A part of our souls? In musings both profound and poetical, Pew and the people in this community open up myriad ways of looking at the world and ourselves. To do this with such a light touch is a remarkable accomplishment. Pew is a book worth reading more than once. ( )
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