Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Bad Timing

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Bad Timing

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Bad Timing, by Betsy Berne.

In her debut novel, Betsy Berne introduces her readers to a Jewish, New York artist who makes a modest living free-lancing articles for fashion magazines and showing her work at local galleries. Berne's interest is in her unnamed narrator's affair with an uptight and married African-American "jazz club whiz"; the affair is complicated by the fact that the narrator finds herself pregnant after their first night together. This unwanted pregnancy would seem to be the story's main conflict, as the narrator often seeks support and advice in this matter from her friends and family, who are overly eccentric and pointedly diverse in every way. Our narrator, sarcastic and often emotionally numb, gets an abortion within the first third of the book; however, thus disposing of the only slightly interesting thing at stake in this story. From there on, we watch the narrator and her love-- who is often referred to as "the perpetrator"-- battle about the state of their affair over the phone and in bars and beds over the course of a sultry New York summer. …

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