At The Drum, listen to Ann Lewinson introduce Still Life with Meredith in a Safe & Sound podcast with Carrie Callaghan - The Drum
"Still Life with Meredith is about a museum worker—she’s actually an animal wrangler, like the ones that work on movie sets—who’s waiting for her roommate, a globe-trotting artist, to return home. In the meantime, she’s taken social distancing to a really epic level. She’s hashing over her relationship with Meredith, and with various lovers, while discoursing on art and animals and the French psychoanalyst Marie Bonaparte, who had some peculiar ideas about female sexuality." - Ann Lewinson in Q&A at Dead Darlings
"Most of the books I read, like Marie Bonaparte’s Female Sexuality, Felix Bryk’s Neger-Eros, Aelian’s deeply wacky On the Nature of Animals and Caryl Chessman’s Cell 2455 Death Row, are mentioned in the book, since the narrator has read them as well. But a lot of the research for this book was visual, done in museums and art galleries. Consider these visual aids...." - Ann Lewinson in Research Notes at Necessary Fiction
"To describe Lewinson’s smart, lean, sharp prose as all over the place is praise indeed in the case of this remarkable novella. The author reveals surprises on every page, and brings to mind the cliché about packing a big punch in a little package, or words to that effect..." - Heidi Mastrogiovanni in New York Journal of Books
"As she waits for her roommate, Meredith, an up-and-coming artist, she does a few things: writes this novel, reads nonfiction, sits in a corner picking at the carpet, and obsesses over many things, including sex, Meredith, genital mutilation, Dutch still life paintings, and Marie Bonaparte’s quest for sexual fulfillment... Endlessly inquisitive and wider in scope than length, the novella proves a worthy addition to the canon of messy, strange, and keen women. Genre-bending, hard to categorize, and teeming with life." - Kirkus Reviews
The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Talking Heads, MIA and more... listen to Ann Lewinson's playlist for Still Life with Meredith - at Large-Hearted Boy
For book clubs -- and all book lovers -- Ann joins a select list of new and recent novelists in Authors in Pajamas at Bookshop.org: "these thoughtful, celebrated and anticipated novels (plus one novella) honor dark beauty, friendships, isolation, strangeness, and wonder found in unexpected places." - Authors in Pajamas
Ann Lewinson’s fiction has appeared in Agni, Hayden’s Ferry Review, MoMA PS1’s Special Projects Writers’ Series and other places. A 2014 fellow at the Edward F. Albee Foundation, she is also a playwright, journalist and film critic who has reviewed movies for ARTnews, The Boston Phoenix, The Hartford Advocate and The Kansas City Star. She lives in New York.