A Book that Changes — The CHANGELING by Joy Williams

Thoughts on The Changeling by Joy Williams

What a strange book. The Changeling (1978) begins conventionally enough. The prose is clear and exciting. But the story begins to decompose as it goes on, becoming something other than a story.

This quality is praised in the introduction included in the 40th anniversary printing of the novel (Tin House 2018) and hailed as a way of providing a new narrative logic, a new way to think about creativity, about motherhood, about being a woman.