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The Performance by Claire Thomas

The Performance

Claire Thomas

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Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 15 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9781474616980

The breakout literary sensation of 2021 from the prize-winning author of FUGITIVE BLUE

4 stars out of 5
25 Feb 2021

"lively, intimate and packed with clever connections"

At times the book does threaten to become too clever, the mechanisms and techniques afforded by its experimental structure sitting a little too close to the surface. Ultimately though, the way Thomas plays with the reader is a sort of genius – as Winnie searches for meaning in Happy Days, Thomas uses her performance to allow Margo, Ivy and Summer to search for meaning (and, in doing so, forces the reader to search for meaning as they read). It is contrived, but thrillingly so. In The Performance, Thomas concerns herself with the minutiae of women’s lives, and the enormity of their experiences.