This extraordinary novel is like a newly discovered room in your house, in a dream - the illusion is so precise, the execution so masterful, that you think it must have been there all along, just waiting for you to find it. Sandra Newman has succeeded wildly at the impossible task she was given; JULIA should surprise and delight not only devotees of Orwell's classic, but fans of Newman's own daring, disquieting, and emotionally affecting oeuvre
J. Robert Lennon
A powerful feat of imagination and empathy which breathes new life into Orwell's nightmare
Dorian Lynskey, author of The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell's 1984
In Julia, Sandra Newman opens out the world of Nineteen Eighty-Four by looking at that novel's events from a female point of view. From Julia's life in a women's dormitory through her affair with Winston Smith and torture by the Thought Police, on to a meeting with Big Brother himself, it's a fascinating reflection on totalitarianism as refracted through Orwell's times and our own
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Sandra Newman on Granta.com
Essays & Memoir | Granta 156
‘It was a rescue horse, but a horse.’
Memoir by Sandra Newman.
Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition
Best Book of 1952: The Palm-Wine Drinkard
Sandra Newman on why Amos Tutuola’s The Palm-Wine Drinkard is the best book of 1952.