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Damage Paperback – September 29, 1996
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The brilliance of this book lies in the ability of the author to capture the stark differences, the many subtleties, between a life lived that maintains appearances and meets expectations and one where the connection with what one does or who one is with is so all-consuming and fulfilling that anything that interferes is shoved aside and becomes irrelevant. To say that people can be hurt beyond belief when such a sudden transformation occurs is sheer understatement.
And so it is when Stephen first meets his son's girlfriend Anna Barton, an enigmatic, aloof, and dark beauty, who simply mesmerizes Stephen. Part of Anna's appeal is her combination of toughness and vulnerability; she admits that she is "damaged" and could harm those who pursue her. The only question in this story is will Stephen be able to pull out of a nosedive to total self-destruction? Does a passionate existence justify ripping apart a life and the lives of those close by?
This book is simply gripping - almost too much so. One is almost afraid to find out if Stephen can possibly deal with the elusive and intoxicating Anna.