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Fleeing from a failed relationship and his professor father's pressures, college graduate Lewis Chopik returns home to find that both his mother's New Age lifestyle and his bipolar brother's antics have become more extreme.
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2012
Description: 253 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9781609450700
Branch Call Number: Ziol


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Jul 01, 2014

I agree that Wichita as a setting was not as strong as it could have been. However, the emotional tone of living in one of those Midwest towns, I believe, is captured.

This is more of a story of a family, focused on the narrator's relationship with each of his family members, but most importantly his brother who has bipolar disorder. I liked the narrative POV and the story he was telling well enough to read the whole book, so that's a good sign.

Small annoyances:
*overuse of the -ingly suffix to make interesting adverbs overdone. Just use stronger verbs (my bias).
*the number of typos in this book is inexcusable (and increasingly expected, these days).

Jun 04, 2013

I enjoyed the narrator, empathizing with the impotence of his actions in this situation. I'm from Wichita, and so I was interested in how he used the setting in the novel. Aside from the tornadoes, the setting wasn't a key element. His mother's house and the characters there were important, but not Wichita. And then he referred to Greensburg, my father's hometown which was utterly leveled a few years ago by a tornado, as "Greenburg" (twice), I knew that the setting was just a prop and not a meaningful element, which was disappointing. Still, I enjoyed the characters, even if they didn't get deeper under my skin.


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Jun 05, 2013

"He remembers a line from Rilke he came across online: "You are not surprised at the force of the storm - you have seen it growing"" (pg. 227).

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