Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Day One Hundred Forty-Four: "Silver Water" by Amy Bloom


A woman recounts the mental decline of her sister and how dealing with her sister's mental illness impacts her parents and their lives. This story was on one hand cold and distant but I got the feeling that the author wrote it that way. It didn't read as sappy or melodramatic. Instead, the story shows the reader how a family member's mental illness can sometimes numb those around to the harsh realities of the pain and confusion and desperation that pull the person any given moment. There was unpredictability in this story and in the writing itself. I very much enjoyed the voice and I thought it served the story and its subject matter well.

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