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“A story that held me captive for the better part of a fortnight. Be warned it is brutal in parts, and a break needed to be taken especially for the bits that cut too close to home, of which there were many. That is, in essence, the extraordinary appeal of this book. You start out thinking it too dysfunctional, too disturbing a story to be yours and end up understanding that it is everybody’s story in some way.
We meet Dominick Birdsey as his life spirals out of control dealing with a schizophrenic identical twin, separation from a wife he still loves and resentment for an abusive stepfather and a meek mother. We sit through his painful examination of the past, the people he loved and whom he betrayed over and over, fighting the burden of that love and the guilt of the betrayal.
Ultimately, the book does not try to force a moral on you rather leads you to realization that a person is more than the sum of their parts, they’re the history of their family, who they come from , those they lived with, loved, fought for, betrayed. Denying your heritage, however ugly it maybe, is futile. The only redemption is in accepting it and maybe rising above it.
aditisodhi wrote this review Monday, June 13, 2011.