It's Not Nothing
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This story is written in an interesting way—all in short, choppy sentences. I guess they reflect the “Nobody cares anyway” attitude of our protagonist Rosemary June Candwell, but sometimes it makes for harder reading. There is no nice flow of words. There is also no nice flow of life as Rosemary lives it each day. I understand. I’m so sorry, but she neither wants nor needs pity.
The story made me curious about what was left unsaid—Rosemary’s childhood, her family, friends growing up, her school experience as a child. Basically what led her to the situation she was in? Maybe that’s fodder for another book as Rosemary is an interesting character and one I’d like to get to know better.
This is a hard-hitting book—short on words, but packed with emotional turmoil. Raw. Visceral. A challenging read on several levels.
In addition, I felt compelled to read this book, a novel, because the back of the book said “drawn from the author’s experience of homelessness and trauma recovery”. That simple statement led me to want to read this book to better understand someone in psychological pain…if only to be more understanding to anyone in a similar situation in real life in the future. This was definitely not an easy read, but I think it was an important one.
In this story, I grew to love Elle, Rosemary’s shrink. She was the utter calm in the midst of a tempest.
I found that the best way to read this story was to not try to understand completely all the little parts of it, but to just let the prose carry me along. By the end of the book, I found it did just that.
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Update: I had some trouble getting into the narration, because it's deceptively dark and heavy for such a thin book. I did end up reading it all in one sitting, and I'm glad I picked it up. I copied down the following quote from close to the end of the book:
"Is this hope? Is that what this is? Hope, then, is for suckers because hope has to be replenished. What's required of me is faith. Some method that starts with the answer rather than the question: it will not get easier, no, but you will get better."
I also added some more BC stickers to this copy while I was batch-registering new books.