The Half Love by Linda Gray-Sexton

This will be a short review. I seem to be on a memoir/biography kick, aren't I? Perhaps this is because memoirs/biographies hang together better in this day and age. There is a necessary filling in of gaps. Modern fiction seems "gap" heavy or at least not fleshed out properly. I wonder if memoirs are more heavily edited in the current climate of little to no editorial process. Every book has a "history" to it, even a fictional book. When a book doesn't work, it's the history, the sense of what happened in those silent gaps, that's missing. Does this book work? Yes, in the saddest way possible.

The command Ms. Sexton has over language is formidable. On every page there was at least one sentence that would elicit a writerly "Ah" from me. If this book is anything, it's a historical perspective on the ignorance, limitations, and advances in modern psychotherapy. As the author herself states, if her mother, Anne Sexton, had had the benefits of modern psychopharmacy, she'd most likely still be alive. So no complaints whatsoever about this book. It's a difficult read in parts. If you have children and aren't prone to suicide (raises hand), then you can't relate to her love for her children being trumped by her desire for death. Of course, my mother hasn't committed suicide, so I'm coming at this from a limited POV (not a club of which I want to be a member). Yes, I recommend this book without equivocation. The writing is so frigging eloquent. As a writer her prose had the envy meter at tilt.

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LINKS

Debris and Detritus (available in trade paperback and ebook formats).

Pen and Prejudice (available in trade paperback and ebook formats).

Roux Morgue (available in hard cover, trade paperback, audio, and ebook formats)

Beat Until Stiff (available in trade paperback, audio, and ebook formats)

Poisoned Pen Press

Mystery Writers of America

Sisters in Crime Northern California Chapter

Independent American Booksellers Association

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