Thursday, June 9, 2011
Brief Synopsis from author's website:
In the late 1960’s, Tilly Rudolph abandons her middle-class home in the suburbs and flees to the seedy underworld of Reno. She stays away for decades, working as a prostitute, nursing various addictions, and eventually drinking herself to the brink of death in a dusty trailer park. One day, after nearly thirty years without a family, her niece Stella shows up on her doorstop from New York City and changes both their lives forever.
First thoughts after finishing: There are so many damaged people in this world. Many keep the damage to themselves while others have absolutely no problem dragging everyone else in their life down with them. This wasn't a lighthearted read by any means and it wasn't even one that I particularly enjoyed. But there was something about the way the author crafted the characters that made me care about them and made me want to hear their story.....as twisted as it was.
Recommend? Yes and No. Yes, if you enjoy reading about the inner demons of women and the destructive ways that they punish their bodies as if that will somehow make their life right again. No, if you don't enjoy reading about dysfunction. I do want to add that I thought the author's voice was exquisite and that the story flowed beautifully. The subject material was depressing and made me sad. The book elicited emotions from me and that counts for something.
The Gin Closet by Leslie Jamison
Source: review copy from author/Simon & Shuster
Genre: Literary Fiction
Published: May 3, 2011
Disclaimer:Thank you to Leslie Jamison and Simon & Shuster for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.
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