Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Madeline Stevens is a writer from Boring, Oregon currently based in Los Angeles.

She applied the Page 69 Test to Devotion, her debut novel, and reported the following:
Page 69 of Devotion is entirely made up of Lonnie’s journal entries, or, more accurately, Ella’s memory of them. It begins, “These men are both exactly the same and completely different,” ends on, “Something awful is going to happen,” and gets quite sexual in the middle! This, does, funny enough, feel very representative of the rest of the book to me. It's secret information, stolen from a hiding place. It also encapsulates the themes of doubling I’m playing with, not just with the men but with Lonnie and Ella, as well as the underlying darkness and dread that runs alongside that doubling. Finally, structurally, Ella’s rewriting of Lonnie’s journal says a lot about her simultaneous attempt to erase and recreate her.
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My Book, The Movie: Devotion.

--Marshal Zeringue