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Elizabeth Nicholas '05

June 29, 2019

Elizabeth Nicholas '05 was featured in the New York Times Sunday Magazine on 06.29.19, where she penned a review of Juliet the Maniac by Juliet Escoria: "Adolescent girls operate under at least two pernicious mythologies: first, that the content of their lives is unserious (crushes! cosmetics! curfew!), and second, that there is a related cap on their potential to suffer. Popular culture tells them that they will endure, at most, romantic yearnings for doltish boys, or the double-binding shame of being called either undesirable or a slut. Whatever capacity for darkness these conditions might allow, both the conditions and the capacity exist to be outgrown. From Plath to Didion to Ottessa Moshfegh, a small yet powerful cadre of women have deployed their literary talent to push back against these myths, dignifying female adolescence with unsparing darkness, and excoriating the gaslighting that leads teenage girls to believe there is something wrong with them if their souls are not half-size. Juliet Escoria’s autofictive debut novel, Juliet the Maniac, is a worthy new entry in that pantheon of deconstruction. Told in a series of fragments spanning the teenage years in which bipolar Juliet’s life unravels, it is a narrative that insists on its own severity." The entire review can be read online (may require subscription access).