"To me it seemed to be about the question of what makes people themselves, as individuals - is it memory, or trauma, or relationships to others, or interests, and what happens to that identity when those elements change? Is Wade still Wade workout his memories? Is May still May when June no longer wants to play with her? Is Eddie still Eddie if his leg was lost through some malicious schoolgirl's violent act rather than a traffic accident? Is Elizabeth still Elizabeth if she imagines her life before prison still had Sylvia in it? Etc. It's an interesting topic, and I thought Ruskovich wrote really beautifully real characters - even when circumstances seemed fantastic it still felt very rooted in reality, at least emotionally. This is one of my favorites of the shortlist that I've read so far!"
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