No One Is Talking About This: caught in the net

Book review: Patricia Lockwood’s humour feels adolescent in novel about internet fame

Patricia Lockwood’s debut novel, as she has tweeted, is ‘about being very inside the internet and then being very outside of it’.

Patricia Lockwood’s debut novel, as she has tweeted, is ‘about being very inside the internet and then being very outside of it’.

Patricia Lockwood’s debut novel, as she has tweeted, is “about being very inside the internet and then being very outside of it”. It follows the author’s poetry collections, including Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals (2014), and a memoir, Priestdaddy, which was named one of the 10 best books of 2017 by the New York Times.

No One Is Talking About This cleaves into two distinct parts. In the first, the unnamed protagonist – propelled to internet fame after tweeting “Can a dog be twins?” – meets fans on an international speaking tour. Two text messages from her mother cut the trip short: “Something has gone wrong” and “How soon can you get here?” She returns to her family home in Ohio to be with her sister, whose baby has been diagnosed with Proteus syndrome, a rare congenital disorder in utero. “Look how big her head is lol,” her sister had texted about an ultrasound before they realised it was a sign of abnormality.

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