Showing posts with label Narcolepsy. Show all posts
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Monday, July 28, 2008

Aberrations by Penelope Pzrekop

ISBN: 978-1-934572-03-0
Publisher: Emerald Book Co.
Paperback: 336 pages
Genre: Fiction
First Line: My father is a liar.
One Word Review: Poignant

Angel Duet is a young narcoleptic woman who is in search of the truth. As questions about her mother's death go unanswered, Angel decides to find out for herself what really happened all those years ago. At it's heart, I think Aberrations is a story of Angel's journey to find herself. I hate to use the phrase 'coming of age', but it does seem rather appropriate here.

I was really surprised by this book. I thought it would be depressing - which it sort of was, but it was also lovely and sweet in very unexpected ways. Given the subject matter, it was also a surprisingly easy and quick read. The plot was paced really well, and it wasn't bogged down with unneccesary detail (which seemed like it would've been easy to do). The characters were all really well-writen. I particularly enjoyed Carla - Angel's father's girlfriend. I'm not even sure if I was supposed to like her, but for some reason, I felt a lot of sympathy for her. My one complaint, and this is such a little thing that it hardly bears mentioning, was the dialect used throughout the book. I know the story was supposed to take place in the south, and these people were supposed to have southern accents, but the use of the word 'thang' every time one said thing was annoying. As someone who's lived in the south most of my life, and has a bit of a twang, I found it too much to think that everyone spoke that way. That said, if that's the biggest gripe I have you have to know overall the book was phenomenal. Don't let the blurb for the book fool you - this is way more than a tale about narcolepsy.

If you'd like to read a sample chapter of the book, you can find it here.