Friday, August 26, 2016
Mini-reviews: Imagine Me Gone and Father's Day
This is a difficult book to read, which perhaps is a testament to how accurately Haslett can write about the pain and cost of depression and anxiety. Michael's struggles in particular make the reader want to turn away, as he fills out psychological intake forms with long rambling treatises on music, prescription drugs, and reparations for slavery. Michael is endlessly needy, to the point where he incessantly calls his family and friends or bangs on their doors in the early hours of the morning. His family deals in different ways: his mother quietly pays his bills, his sister Celia neglects her own patients to counsel him, and his brother Alec tries to convince him to wean himself off drugs. Imagine Me Gone doesn't offer false hope or a saccharine conclusion; instead, it is a brutally honest look at mental illness through the eyes of people suffering and their loved ones.
Imagine Me Gone
By Adam Haslett
Little, Brown and Company May 2016
Read via Netgalley
If I say that Simon Van Booy writes stories that make me believe in humanity again, it might sound trite. But it's true. He writes perfect endings for his characters after pages of beautiful writing and deep insights about what it means to be vulnerable and let someone else into your life. The alternating glimpses into past and present allow us to see the slow transition of two individuals into an unlikely family.
By Simon Van Booy
Harper April 2016
From the library