Opposed Positions, By Gwendoline Riley: Book review


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Since she published her first novel at the age of 22, Riley has won a cultish following and garnered several major literary awards.

In her latest novel, she tackles domestic abuse and its consequences. Her protagonist, Aislinn Kelly, like many of Riley's narrators, is a restless writer.

Now in her thirties, she tries to escape the legacy of her abusive up-bringing and decamps first to New York and later to an attic room in Indianapolis.

Not much happens in the novel, but the emotional landscape subtly alters. Riley's appetite for risk-taking and vinegary apercus remains undiminished.