The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a visceral book. I ate the entire time I read it. Meaning I had to eat, I kept having to feel full, to feel sustenance. This is a book that will gut you, it gutted me, thus my insatiable appetite the whole time. I read this in 24 hours. It is an evocative novel that may leave you desiring or in mourning or both. For me it broke my heart: it opened up an old wound, a memory of an old and fierce love I had for a woman who would not love me back. It reminded me I love her still. The author weaves abuse, healing, sex and violence in a most organic way that may come off as shocking to some and quite natural to others.
Sometimes the self-reflective questioning could be halting but...perhaps it's needed. Because this is such a haunting story or, stories, rather. The breaks may be necessary.
I'm closing the book and I'm still starving.
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