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The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits
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Mar 22, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: psychic-distortion, sylvia-plath, mothers-and-daughters
Read from March 14 to 21, 2012

Abandoned by suicide moms, bereft of maternal love, subject to psychic ills...time travel as regression, terror in a Barcelona chair, wolves behind the eyes...rivalries, surgical doppelgangers, vanishing & unvanishing...

“I preferred to route my understanding of the situation through Sylvia Plath’s children, for whom plates of toast had been left and an insulating towel wedged beneath the bedroom door while their mother went about her business in the kitchen below, these details meant to signal to them, when they awoke, both her maternal commitment and her level of pitiable derangement, also the sad ways that a mother’s love can be amplified or reduced to acts both monumentally considerate and monumentally selfish. A towel. An oven. A plate of toast.”

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message 1: by Mary (new)

Mary That was my favorite quote so far, too. And that's what I love about Julavits.
I'm still in that middle Doldrums section, but have hopes (since you said it picks up again).
Okay, here's my second favorite line: "She scrutinized me as though I were a math problem, an x-value that remained momentarily, and terrifyingly, beyong her comprehension."

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