Suzanne Keen Reviews Furnace Creek in Los Angeles Review of Books

Portrait of Scripps College President Suzanne Keen

President Suzanne Keen reviewed Joseph Allen Boone’s debut novel, Furnace Creek, in the Los Angeles Review of Books, hailing it as a “hilarious and heart-rending” recasting of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations in the Civil Rights-era South. Keen writes: “Boone flips around the class, race, gender, and sexual identities of Dickens’s text, juggling them into a new pattern with a deeply satisfying riff on the core questions of any bildungsroman: Who will I become? Will my worth be recognized? Will I love and be loved? And how should I respond to the rebuffs, demands, and enticements of the society that surrounds me?”