Wednesday, August 03, 2011

The Hipster Book Club... Betty Superman, and they have this to say:

Holland excels at writing around characters to fill them in. Rather than tell us that Betty, the mother in Betty Superman, listens to a certain kind of music, the narrator says, “I don’t remember what LP she had on the turntable. Knowing Betty, it could have been anything, Motown or some soundtrack, Barry Manilow or Barbra Streisand. I remember that year she had a thing for Streisand’s ‘Superman’ song.” This clearly states a few things: that it’s the 1970s, and that Betty clearly doesn’t listen to “anything,” but a certain style of music that’s soft and non-challenging and has its roots in 1950s and ‘60s pop. All of Betty Superman is like this—Holland makes sketches that slowly fill with detail.

Read the whole review here. Thanks to Monica Mundaca for the coverage!



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