Told through three unique interwoven narratives, this novel reimagines a chapter in the life of Sylvia Plath, telling the story behind the creation of her classic, semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar.
... highly readable, entertaining...the novel is an ingenious addition to an ever-growing body of work about Plath that has helped make her an American literary icon ... Expertly woven together, the three storylines tell one story ... Last Confessions is not without its missteps, including factual errors and misrepresentations ... In the end, though, Last Confessions captures larger truths, such as the place Plath has come to occupy in the literary canon.
... an evocative novel sure to enchant lovers of historical fiction as well as fans of Sylvia Plath ... Journalist and psychotherapist Kravetz...skillfully weaves the narrative threads into a depiction of the complicated life of a literary genius: perfectly balancing intrigue and poetry, he uses the women as windows into the life of Sylvia Plath ... Kravetz's debut novel...is both lyrical and plot-driven, a difficult balance for any author to strike. Intriguing even for those who have not read The Bell Jar, it is perhaps even more gripping for longtime Plath loyalists.
Last Confessions is framed as a literary whodunnit of sorts ... While that premise certainly drives the narrative and comes to a satisfying conclusion after a slow-to-build start, it isn’t what creates the pulse of the novel. Where Kravetz really stirs up the magic is in his depictions of the interplay between madness and art; Plath’s gnawing loneliness and insecurity; and Rhodes’ ever-present quest for attention and recognition ... Literary history-savvy readers might also enjoy the myriad based-on-truth Easter eggs hidden throughout ... Is all of Last Confessions true? Of course not. It’s fiction, after all. But Kravetz makes good use of history’s rich material to spin a captivating story about some of the art world’s most notorious writers and thinkers.