By author – Amy Koppelman
Blurb: The new novel by the author of I Smile Back, now a film starring Sarah Silverman.
The acclaimed author of I Smile Back, Amy Koppelman is a novelist of astonishing power, with a sly, dark voice, at once fearless and poetic. In Koppelman’s new novel, Dr. Susanna Seliger is a renowned psychiatrist who specializes in treatment-resistant depression. The most difficult cases come through her door, and Susa is always ready to discuss treatment options, medication, and symptom management but draws the line at engaging with feelings. A strict adherence to protocol keeps her from falling apart.
But her past is made present by one patient, Jim, whose struggles tear open Susa’s hastily stitched up wounds, revealing her latent feeling that she could have helped the people closest to her, especially her adored, cool, talented graffiti-artist brother. Spectacularly original, gorgeously unsettling,HESITATION WOUNDS is a novel that will sink deep and remain—like a persistent scar or a dangerous glow-in-the-dark memory.
My Rating: 4/5
Review: This is quite different from the books I usually read but I had heard good things about it and the blurb was enticing so I gave it a try and was hooked. It’s written in a way that is so different from every other novel I come across that i have to admit I found it quite strange to start with and wasn’t sure about it but it’s one of those stories that pulls you in slowly so you don’t realise it’s happening but you suddenly notice you’re 25% into the book and you wonder, how did that happen. It’s not a long story by any means, I read it in about 2 hours but the style of writing, which is almost poetry at times, means that it feels like you’ve been in another world for years, until you put your head up from the book and realise, it’s still the same day and still daylight outside.
This is not a story that will appeal to everyone but for those who do read it I don’t believe they will be disappointed. This is a story of loss and how it affects those left behind and how it changes their lives, their views of the world and everyone in it. Although the main character, Suze, is a psychiatrist the book doesn’t focus on her work outside of her relationship with one patient, Jim. The main focus is the loss of her brother when he was young, 30 years ago, and how that has shaped her life ever since. There comes a turning point where something happens that makes her realise she is not happy with what she has, her decisions have lead her to a place where she doesn’t want to be, not completely, and she decides to make changes to her life, to say any more would be giving away too much of the story. The timescale is not linear and there are lots of memories, pieces of memories, thoughts on what might have been and other things that pop into the story with no warning. This makes it a little hard to follow until you get used to it but it works and fits with what is happening to Suze, and what happens to everyone everyday. Our lives may appear linear but memories, thoughts and ideas appear in our heads whenever they choose and this reality is reflected in the way in which the book is written. This book will make you think and look at the world in a different way, something that I believe would benefit us all.
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About the Author:
Amy Koppelman is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, A Mouthful of Air and I Smile Back. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania, and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Koppelman and her screenwriting partner adapted I Smile Back for the screen. The film, starring Sarah Silverman, premiered at the 2015 Sundance, Toronoto and Deauville Film Festivals. Amy lives in New York City with her family. She is an outspoken advocate for women’s mental health.
Amy would love to participate in your book club when reading her newest book – Hesitation Wounds.
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