Lyz Lenz

Lyz Lenz

Managing editor of the Rumpus.


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Themes And Bodies Collide In Franzen’s Newest Novel, Purity

Though women are key to the story, they remain vague, because they are rarely seen. The words “pretty,” “lovely,” and “beautiful” occur so many time next to descriptions of women that I started keeping a running tally. In truth, those words aren’t so much descriptions as they are judgment calls, obscuring the reader’s view and moving the gaze from character to conclusions.