Anna Fox lives alone inside her million dollar home in New York City. She is agoraphobic since the tragic accident that changed her life forever. HerAnna Fox lives alone inside her million dollar home in New York City. She is agoraphobic since the tragic accident that changed her life forever. Her husband and daughter are ‘far-away’, but communicate with her often. Her physical wounds are healing, but sadly, her emotional ones continue to haunt her...everyday, without reprieve. She is guilt-ridden, mentally unstable, and drowning in drugs.
She watches the neighbors through her window and guesses about their lives. She watches Hitchcock movies and consumes Merlot until she is oblivious. She is visited only by her physical therapist and her pyschologist. Even though she once was a respected child pyschologist, she can no longer function outside her home.
Then, one day, she sees a crime committed as she stalks the neighbors out her window. But, no one believes her, as her medication and alcohol addication is supposedly the reason for her ‘hullicinations’. She gathers her wherewithal and summons some strength and eventually gets to the bottom of her suspicions. But, who wil believe her? Is she is in danger? Who can she trust? Who can she lean on? No one, but herself.
The Woman in the WIndow is full of twists and turns...some quite obvious (I guessed a few of them from the start), but some will amaze you. As one trusted reviewer wrote, you should read this all in one gulp since it would be difficult to trace your thoughts with stops and starts....more
A sobering, yet uplifting look at homelessness and its effects on children. Ari, 11, and her 18 year-old-brother are orphans. Their mother died when AA sobering, yet uplifting look at homelessness and its effects on children. Ari, 11, and her 18 year-old-brother are orphans. Their mother died when Ari was 4 and their dad died in the Afghanistan war. They have been cared for by their parents friend, Janna...lovingly, yet harshly, too. Their mother's dying wish was that Gage and Ari stay together, no matter what.
When Gage comes of age, he decides to move out since he doesn't always see eye-to-eye with Janna. Through a series of events and wishful thinking on his part, they become homeless and struggle to find food and shelter. School becomes difficult for Ari, what with hunger, no proper space for homework and study, and the constant lack of laundry facilities, and even hygiene rituals are non-existent, at times.
Once a star student, she is now flailing. Her Paper Things, a collection of paper people and household items that she carries around in a folder, are her constant comfort. She idolizes them and their perfection...something that she wants to attain.
As time goes on, Ari is down on her stark existence and she just wants to be a kid...with minimal worries, a warm bed, and daily meals. Realistically, she knows what she has to do, even if it means separation from Gage, for a while. Paper Things is a real-life look at homelessness and its downward spiral into despair and struggle. ...more