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A Note of Madness by Tabitha Suzuma
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Mar 28, 2011

it was amazing
Read from April 04 to 10, 2011

I love Tabitha Suzuma. She's a writer of rare talent who clearly pours herself into her work. It's rare to find a writer with such a distinct sense of self and voice in her fiction. In this sense, she reminds me very much of Cormac McCarthy in that she has such a distinct prose style. This is her debut novel. We follow Flynn, a musical prodigy, as he struggles with the pressures of an extremely competitive music academy. We also get a front row seat as he descends into madness. Suzuma manages to present this in a non-judgemental way. If you have a loved one or friend with mental illness, or have ever wondered what it's like to go mad, then A Note of Madness is your magic ticket to come along for the ride. Told entirely from Flynn's point of view, we get irrational when he does. We experience the manic joy of composing an opera for 36 hours straight, and follow him as he "goes underground," or becomes so depressed he can't get out of bed for three days. In Flynn's head, this behavior doesn't make sense, exactly, but we follow his thought patterns and experience it with him. A Note of Madness really does help make sense of a common condition- in Flynn's case, bi polar 2- that is so often difficult to understand.

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Vicki Keire It's here! It's here! After waiting FOREVER (ok, a week and a half) for this book to clear customs, it's finally here! Too bad I can't read it yet. It does make a powerful motivator, though.

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