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I Couldn't Handle: Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

Posted on 22 May 2017

I started writing a review about this book a few weeks ago. This is what I had so far:

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett is half decent so far... meaning I'm about half way in and I'm still reading. Hooray this book! It'll hook you to start: Somebody is ill, needs medicine and the doctor is MIA. Sounds ominous but it still managed to get a few giggles out of me, which is quite an accomplishment when a life is on the line. Let's take a look at the official book description shall we:
When Margaret's fiancé, John, is hospitalized for depression in 1960s London, she faces a choice: carry on with their plans despite what she now knows of his condition, or back away from the suffering it may bring her. She decides to marry him. Imagine Me Gone is the unforgettable story of what unfolds from this act of love and faith. At the heart of it is their eldest son, Michael, a brilliant, anxious music fanatic who makes sense of the world through parody. Over the span of decades, his younger siblings -- the savvy and responsible Celia and the ambitious and tightly controlled Alec -- struggle along with their mother to care for Michael's increasingly troubled and precarious existence.

Told in alternating points of view by all five members of the family, this searing, gut-wrenching, and yet frequently hilarious novel brings alive with remarkable depth and poignancy the love of a mother for her children, the often inescapable devotion siblings feel toward one another, and the legacy of a father's pain in the life of a family.

With his striking emotional precision and lively, inventive language, Adam Haslett has given us something rare: a novel with the power to change how we see the most important people in our lives.
Meanwhile the accolades this book received are cray. Pulitzer prize finalist, winner of LA Times Book Prize for Fiction, Top 10 Novels of the Year by BOTH Time and Newsday... I'd go on but I'm sure this book has a big enough head as it is. 
Anywho, still working out how we're doing this blog thing, but I plan to update the book reviews when I'm done reading ONLY if the book sucked and I want to throw it and/or myself in a fire.


As promised I'm updating this entry. I just couldn't handle it. There are some amusing parts and many parts are beautifully written. The part where the dad %&$*# (@ %) @*$ )(^#^$##...?! I totally got that. But then when that one son $*#^)# (@$&%*^@%)^(& )@ @ %$*^(  full of people, I'm like uh what now? I'd recommend this book if you're into people who are a little "off"... I always end up feeling like I'm living my nightmares. Disappointing because I really thought I'd like this book after reading all the reviews. Sadface.

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