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DISQUIET By: Julia Leigh May 21, 2010

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.

     The Lycan Librarian was, of course, compelled to read this book when a friend told her it was about a couple who kept their stillborn baby’s corpse in the freezer. Actually, it’s worse than that. The grief stricken mother insists on carrying the decomposing child around with her, even placing it carefully beside her on the bed while she naps. The elements for a very powerful novel are here, but Leigh falls far short of the possibilities, as does the book’s length. It is touted as a novella, but this experienced reader would not go beyond calling it a short story, and a disjointed one at that.
     It is the shell of a novel. The characters within this dysfunctional family are named and placed, but the reader gets only a small peek at them as they are now, so has no inkling of their true natures, or how they have become the messy human remnants exposed within the pages of this book. One is forced to wonder if the author truly felt she was finished with this piece, or if circumstances caused her to abandon the work and suddenly, and quite loudly, pronounce it complete.

     The wild world of publishing is a strange one, indeed, and this book’s publication is proof positive of that statement. There are so many compelling and layered tales of warped families waiting to be presented to the world, so how does such an incomplete piece not only see the light of day, but get some rather impressive reviews besides?



1. richfigel - May 21, 2010

My initial reaction after I read it was, huh? Why did reviewers give this such high marks? Am I missing something? There are some creepy images and interesting ideas hinted at… but yes, it feels like a first draft or work in progress.

Even as a movie, it would leave audiences scratching their heads and feeling frustrated and unsatisfied with the lack of resolution or any aha type revelation at the end.

lycan librarian - May 21, 2010

I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who felt that way. So how did she get away with just slapping it down and selling it?

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