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- v. To fail to book enough of something; not to sell as much of something as is required.
That's why the "underbook" of My Sister, My Love is intentionally tedious, confusing, and self-indulgent, while the main narrative, "mere storytelling" though it may be, gets better and better.
Designed to frustrate readers and bedevil critics, this "underbook" is Oates 'riff on post-modernist self referential, inter-texual writing about writing.
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