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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > May 2017 > Kind of blue

Kind of blue

Elise Levine’s sophomore novel takes a risky approach by immersing its reader in subjectivity


Blue Field

Elise Levine


SOME NOVELS draw you in; Blue Field drags you under and keeps clamping down, an exercise in storytelling as centrifugal force. A good portion of Elise Levine’s first book in more than a decade takes place underwater, in pitch-dark depths illuminated only faintly by the helmet-mounted flashlight of its deep-diving protagonist. It’s as if the author were drawing a parallel between her choice of setting and the style she applies to it. The seal between form and content is airtight. The question of whether the experience is transporting or suffocating depends on a reader’s willingness to take a deep breath and follow her down.

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