Review of Wreck and Order by Hannah Tennant-Moore

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About Wreck and Order

Decisively aimless, self-destructive, and impulsively in and out of love, Elsie is a young woman who feels stuck. She has a tumultuous relationship with an abusive boyfriend, a dead-end job at a newspaper, and a sharp intelligence that’s constantly at odds with her many bad decisions. When her initial attempts to improve her life go awry, Elsie decides that a dramatic change is the only solution.

An auto-didact who prefers the education of travel to college, Elsie uses an inheritance to support her as she travels to Paris and Sri Lanka, hoping to accumulate experiences, create connections, and discover a new way to live. Along the way, she meets men and women who challenge and provoke her towards the change she genuinely hopes to find. But in the end, she must still come face-to-face with herself.

Whole-hearted, fiercely honest and inexorably human, Wreck and Order is a stirring debut that, in mirroring one young woman’s dizzying quest for answers, illuminates the important questions that drive us all.

My Review

Lovely writing, my only compliment to the book. Elsie was boring, lazy and stupid. I wouldn’t want to befriend her or be in close proximity, nothing about her is appealing. She claims to seek her life’s purpose while in reality it’s a poor excuse to allow her to shrug responsibility and aimlessly flounder. She proclaims she wants to change yet she keeps reverting to her pathetic ways, whining, swearing to try again and repeating the pattern again and again without realizing (well maybe a little) her choices/decisions are terrible. Any person allowing abuse to occur should question why, not Elsie, and yet we are given a quick gloss over as to the root of her tolerating objectification and physical/sexual abuse. Frustrating for the reader with any intelligence to journey with this train wreck of a young adult. Her preoccupation with sex is annoying. Searching for meaning and purpose….not in my opinion. Disappointing and monotonous best describes my excruciating reading experience.

About Hannah Tennant-Moore1450541957702

Hannah Tennant-Moore’s work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Republic, n+1, Tin House, Salon, Bookforum, Dissent, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and has twice been included in Best Buddhist Writing. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband.

Published February 9th 2016 by Hogarth

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