REVIEW: The Harpy by Megan Hunter
What would you do if your husband cheated? Would you stay together? Would you seek revenge? Maybe you would do both.
The writing style is distinct and fanciful—it took me a while to get into its rhythm, but it works well for this story that is mostly stream of consciousness told from Lucy’s point of view. Lucy is a very flawed but relatable character. I was on team Lucy from the first page.
“I asked my mother what a harpy was, and she told me: they punish men for the things they do.”
“Something must be really wrong if he fucked an old woman. This would, surely, be what everyone was saying. But perhaps I should have been proud of Jake for so thoroughly failing to conform to the stereotype. At least she was not one of his graduate students, with a firm body and loose mind, someone I would have had to approach with an almost maternal scorn. She was so much older than either of us. She was of the generation that had it all, supposedly: the ones who were said to have taken everything for themselves, until there was nothing left.”
Expected publication: November 3rd 2020 by Grove Press