The Widening

Moldaw’s acclaimed first novel, The Widening, presents from the inside a portrait of a young woman’s volatile mix of passivity and wildness. Preoccupied with issues of female sexuality and alienation, and by turns picaresque, dark and edgily erotic, it takes an unnamed girl in the mid-1970s from high school in California through travels in Spain and into college. Told from close range, with precision and nuance, The Widening is darkly comedic, alienated, melancholy, depicting a girl on her way to self-discovery.

“Moldaw weaves the language, style, and structure to seem as lush and indulgent as the intimate encounters themselves, Moldaw has written a beautiful novel that will captivate men and women alike.” Carol Lavelle, The Bloomsbury Review

“Readers of Carol Moldaw’s The Widening will be thrilled at the recognition of self that art can bring, this is an extraordinary debut novel.” Robert Olen Butler

“Only in Marguerite Duras’s masterpiece, The Lover, has sexual awakening been handled with such fierce honesty, fire and delicacy. I am in awe of The Widening.” Caroline Thompson

“In this irresistible evocation of an erotic life, Carol Moldaw’s juvenile lead impetuous, unbridled, unexpectedly funny and self-deceiving is always wildly interesting. I dearly love this book.” Rikki Ducornet

Related Media

Article: An Interview With Carol Moldaw, Sou’wester, Spring 2009

Article: Bad Girls: An Interview with Carol Moldaw and Abigail DeWitt, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Jan 9, 2013

Podcast: KSFR Radio Cafe Interview, May 8, 2005