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Lying by Lauren Slater
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Nov 14, 2008

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An interesting, if overly clever, premise. The meta- of the premise, the constant knowledge that the author's epilepsy may or may not be real, is wielded handily in the beginning, embarassingly in the intervening chapters, and handily again toward the end.

Without the premise, which has some interesting and timely (very much VERSUS timeless) elements, it's just another memoir--for truly wrenching blood-on-the-page self-destruction memoir goodness, and astonishing writing, Marya Hornbacher's "Wasted" is far more sophisticated and preferable.

Still, there is good stuff in here. Identifiable stuff, a real journey, and an absurd ending I liked very much.
Yes! and also: meh.

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unnarrator You say all this very well. Did you ever consider being a reviewer? ;o) Now I look for Hornbacher....

Farren Yes, and send me your ADDRESS.

unnarrator After spending the last 20 minutes on Ms. Hornbacher's unreadably *arful* blog, I have concluded that she is a major loon. Though I know I am not one to be talking. Sending!

Farren She has a BLOG?!?!?!

Farren Wasted--TRUST ME--is much much better.

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