The dangers of female provocation
Zoe Coyle, Ultimo Press, $34.99
by Zoe Coyle The dangers of female provocation Is it really a feminist revenge fantasy? Well, with a protagonist named Odessa Odin, you’re ready for the Valkyries to come. Discovering that Odessa is a wealthy Londoner with a loving husband, close friends and a successful career of her own is a bit anticlimactic. When she found out that her husband was having an affair, her heart sank even more. For Odessa, her husband’s infidelity unleashed long-suppressed anger and resentment over male entitlement, compromises made, promises not kept. She becomes a self-proclaimed feminist avenger, hunting down her friends’ husbands to find out their bad behavior, hoping to break down the patriarchy and save the sorority from exploitation. Odessa gets herself into trouble (teaming up with the dark web is never a good plan) and brings her back to life with another, more intense moment of loss that makes her re-examine her pain. Adultery is the novel’s unimaginative hook, and Coyle’s second novel seems sloppy in sketching out what’s truly subversive or satisfying.