A River So Long by Vallie Lynn Watson is selected as required reading for a college course!
Here’s what the professor, Thom Bassett, has to say:
“In the course “Love, Desire, and the Good Life,” my first-year students at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island explore the pursuit by the self for erotic connection with others, the complexities and contradictions of love and sex, and how these things might fit into a life worth the living. Part of this project, in conversation with works like Plato’s Symposium and Patrick Marber’s play Closer, is an exploration of Vallie Lynn Watson’s novel A River So Long. I chose Watson’s novel because its form and style captures the fragmented, accelerated, isolating world my students move in, and the protagonist Veronica’s choices in pursuit of, and in avoidance of, true connection with another mirror the challenges they, and we all, face now. It’s an added benefit that Veronica’s sexuality doesn’t easily fit into any of the molds that American culture and marketing try to fit young women into.”
Our congratulations to Lynn Watson!