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On the Dial: Alternative Titles & The Gloaming



The Gloaming | Radio WavesMelanie Finn's The Gloaming has received some of the most scorchingly hot praise, and was included New York Times' list of 100 Notable Books of 2016. Originally published in the UK in 2015 as Shame, Melanie Finn's second novel took on a new name for the North American release. A title is a funny thing, choosing so few words (sometimes one) to describe something so complex. I took to the beloved Two Dollar Radio Street Team to see what alternative titles they could come up with for The Gloaming:

Lauren Korn:
  • The Taxonomy of Loss — per a line in one of the NYT reviews
  • The Deconstruction — a nod to the way Finn parses perspective and develops her characters
  • Liminality — towards the grey area between innocence and guilt, and their reconciliation
  • Wild is the Wind — after the Nina Simone song of the same name, which Finn named as a Book Note over at Largehearted Boy
Elizabeth Gill:
  • Stain  can evoke shame, disgrace, and horror, and yet a stain can also be something mundane. Pilgrim's relationship to the accident (and her role in it) is similar
Posted by Brett Gregory on 16 January, 2017 alternative titles, Melanie Finn, On the Dial, Street Team, The Gloaming | 0 comments
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