There are scenes in this wonderful novel that return to me vividly at quiet moments and I relive them as a witness, like they really happened, that I was lucky enough to be in the room because of a powerful question I seemed to share, or a bewildering incite or feeling validated by the marvelous enigmatic character of Olive Kitteridge.
Strout's writing is a wonder. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker
Frannie narrates her brutal, erotic, affecting story from a dank 1826 London prison cell. She stands accused of the stabbing murders of a mistress lover, as well as her master - a wealthy social climber whose scientific experiments on people of color bring him fame and stature. Highly educated as an experiment, and then used to carry out her master's medical research, Langton is a searing protagonist who captivates with intellect and elegance as she both remembers her Jamaican slavery, while struggling desperately to recall one night in England blurred by love, opium and rage. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker
After finishing the last few words of this magnificent novel, I leaned back in my chair, put my hand over my heart and whispered to myself - now that was truly astonishing. Mary Beth Keane has woven an unforgettable narrative of family, life, friendship and love. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker
Winman is channeling a powerful talent here, as Tin Man is surely one of the most exquisite contemporary novels to explore unconditional friendship and love in such a magnificent way. I loved every understated moment, each character, every nuance and scene. There is so much to be admired here. Don't miss out. Just read it. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker
According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people around the world have depression. Heather Armstrong survived a debilitating form of treatment resistant depression which rode her for an unbearable 18 month period, but she survived. Her sadness was so profound, so relentless, and so all consuming, that as she describes in visceral detail, "she wanted to be dead."
Desperate for a solution, Heather volunteered to be one of 10 participants in an experimental study where doctor's used anesthesia to flatline her brain - a state much deeper than anesthesia for surgery, a state dangerously close to death. Ten times in three weeks.
Her story is not only remarkable as a success story. Her story is a plea for a deeper sensitivity and understanding of depressive disorders and the real possibility of hope for those who suffer.
This is a rare and incredible story of love, bravery and courage. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker