Book 7: Louisa Hall’s ‘Speak’


This week, Football Book Club is excited to be reading Louisa Hall’s novel Speak — and even more excited to be weighing in on Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts.

For those of you keeping score at home:

Will we be watching the NFL? No.

Are we happy about this state of affairs? No.

Would it be nice if the NFL weren’t a corrupt and violent shit show? Yes. Yes, it would.

Hall’s second novel after The Carriage House, Speak — which explores the creation of Artificial Intelligence — received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, and was hailed by NPR “stunning and audacious. It’s not just one of the smartest books of the year, it’s one of the most beautiful ones, and it almost seems like an understatement to call it a masterpiece.”

Rob nominated this title for Football Book Club because: “My wife is the hardcore fiction reader in the household. When I asked her what novels I should nominate for the season, she suggested Speak by Louisa Hall. I know it’s about robots and feelings, and full of great writing. I tested out the first paragraph and was sold!

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