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This book doesn’t attempt to elicit responses like, “This is so me!” In fact, it’s doubtful it will–which was exciting to realize, because women are not some homogeneous blob that look, feel, and speak the same way.
Nobrow is a more inclusive taste in culture. But while it validates art that might previously have been ignored by critics, nobrow still operates within the system of terms (“high,” “low”) that created such disparity. Even if you’re rebelling against your parents’ ideas, it’s hard to leave them completely behind.
Eleanor Catton’s first novel centers on an affair between a 17-year-old pupil at an all-girls school and her thirty-something male music teacher, but the novel is really about everyone else: the students, parents and teachers who help to turn the albeit taboo relationship into a scandal. The gossip extends beyond the perimeters of the campus of the school, Abbey Grange (which the girls call “Scabby Grange” or “Abbey Grunge”), into newspapers, homes…