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Brings Light to a Dark Tangled History,
This review is from: Awake in the Dark: Stories (Hardcover)
In Awake in the Dark, Nayman has taken a tragic subject and crafted from it stories that are at once painful and full of light and compassion. It is a journey through the Uncanny in the truest sense. Nayman manages not only to make the familiar strange - a lamp can be a corpse, a wall can be a coffin - but going a step further she makes the strange familiar - strangers can be siblings, a Nazi can be one's mother.
Though each story is about a different character, the stories thematically weave in and out of one another and build a fabric. Each character's moment of unmasking or reclaiming a part of their identity seems to be another step in the last character's process of self-discovery. The only other book I've read in which the sense of deep shared history is so tangible is Marquez' 100 Years of Solitude. This feeling of connectedness makes each vignette better than the last and emphasizes one of the overarching themes of the book: redemption through sharing and owning one's history.
Awake in the Dark is piercing, poignant and strikingly original and I highly recommend it.