Bailey's Beads
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Bailey's Beads

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  1 review
As Bryn Redding lies in a coma following a car accident, her mother and her lover come together to care for her. Amidst the uncertainty and confusion over Bryn's chances for recovery, fragments of her life are revealed to the reader through the stories and memories of her mother Vera and the very different perceptions of her lover, Djuna Rifkin.
Hardcover, 185 pages
Published August 9th 1996 by Faber & Faber
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Wolverton teaches creative writing and advocates for LGBTQ publishing, so it's hard not to give her a higher rating. This novel is interesting but......dutiful. The best part is an "experimental" novel within the novel, written by the character who's in the coma and read by her mother, who was never supposed to see it. A whole book like the experimental novel would have been tiring (its main characters don't have names), but it did more to explicate the coma character than all the words and deed...more
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