Originally Posted by California Dreamer
Thakns. I'm an epileptic myself, and reading the treatments that the parents subjected that poor kid to made my skin crawl.
Wow, interesting. I imagine so. Having an ill brother, the novel resonated with me as well, but in different ways, I suppose. It makes me glad somehow that others found it affecting. Really neat book.
Anyway, I'm just finishing up Adam Haslett's collection You Are Not a Stranger Here. It's the first time I've read it straight through, and I still find it wonderful. Everything is beautiful and touching, but for the most part, very tidy and straightforward; deceptively so, as I know it must be just as hard to great that effect as some kind of swirling postmodern wizardry. The first story, Notes to My Biographer, a manic first person account of a septegenarian spinning out of control, is worth the price alone.
I think this book was actually some kind of strange mega-success, being up on -- lets see -- some kind of Today Show readng list. For those outside the US, its also probably a shining example of what people mean when they talk about Iowa traditionalism.
I think this is like #10. Steve B, Clockwise, you leave me weeping. Weeping!