…this clever and thought-provoking novel more than touches on the issues with which this blog has often been concerned: the complex relationship between fiction and reality, the sometimes blurred edges between the two and the way that each can deeply affect the other. (Not to mention the issues around the teaching of Creative Writing.) Paul Kinder has difficulty distinguishing between right and left, on and off, and, as the novel progresses, in making choices of action, underlining the important point that not only is fiction contingent, poised on multiple narrative possibilities, reality is too – a point generally belied by conventional narrative which fixes reality into single possibility. Everything here is under question, even metafiction, and so by implication First Novel‘s own metafictive status. Paul asks Helen of her own metafictive piece in which he and she appear: Would it seem bold taken out of context? If you weren’t you and I wasn’t me?
First posted: Thursday, January 3rd, 2013.