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Softspoken by Lucius Shepard
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Jul 11, 2007

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bookshelves: scifi, contemporaryfiction
Read in July, 2007

I found this book to be unpleasant to read - but only for me. I dislike books where the protagonist is trapped, unable to simply leave a bad or deteriorating situation. And in "Softspoken", that's exactly the case. The main character is stuck in a haunted family home, with her husband, his crazy druggie brother, and their possibly autistic sister. And, unlike most of those ancestral Southern homes, this one is hopeless, without charm, and too decayed to love. As Sanie wanders the house, taking peyote in order to see the ghosts, and investigating the family's history, I keep wanting to tell her to leave, to run away. Like Truman's "Other Voices, Other Rooms," it's disturbing in that you know there's an unpleasant history, and you know that the hero doesn't belong there - but you can't make them leave and get back to the real world.
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