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The Kiss by Kathryn Harrison
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Jan 23, 08

bookshelves: fiction
Read in January, 2008

This book is disturbing. Well, the subject matter is disturbing (an affair she has with her father).

I feel great respect for the bravery that went into writing it. Something bugs me which is that after all of that, she didn't go into the healing part of the trauma. Well, maybe that was the point. It was all so starkly written, which definitely gave you the impression of being there. You get it. The feeling of being stuck, of her body and mind freezing over--it's very visceral. I just also wanted to be taken...to the next stage. At the end she woke up and felt released, separated from her father, and now is married and has a life, but she also says that she and her husband keep that whole relationship "in a box on a high shelf out of reach". That doesn't sound like it's really been healed. I want to know how someone heals from something like that, not just is "released" as she puts it. And I want to go on that journey with her through the book. But it ends and it almost seems wistful, unfinished to me.
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Lindsey Jackson I felt EXACTLY the same way.

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