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Descent Paperback – Large Print, November 6, 2011
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Dana believes she has a contagious illness. Afraid to damage the people she loves, she plans carefully how and when to walk out on her husband and children. She chooses the way to end her life and sets off one dark night, fiercely determined to succeed.
A long road takes Dana to some strange and always plausible decisions--how do the homeless find food or find places to sleep? Meetings with with fellow walkers on the roads add insight and interest. Meanwhile her husband, mother and daughters struggle to move on.
Dana's story is told with heartbreaking clarity in first person, while the travails of her family play out in the background. The mix of first and third person writing works perfectly. Occasional typos are quickly forgotten. Powerful storytelling and deeply believable characters take center stage. And the journey continues, filled with Will's efforts to mend himself and Dana's simply to end.
Dana's sickness is real and this story takes readers straight into the mind of a broken woman, and out the other side. I'm glad the author wouldn't let me go. I'm glad she made me trust her enough to read to the final page. And I feel as if I've almost managed to travel in someone else's shoes as I've followed Dana's road. Thank you Melanie S. Pronia.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to find a free ecopy of this novel.
Seriously: it's a worm that whispers to its host in a psychoacoustic psychosis, blowing the winds of storm of horror self-destruction only we the readers are privy to. The pages turn and Dana plummets deeper into a chasm of visceral darkness. Directed by the parasite in her head, Dana sets out on foot on a journey through the secondary roads of Florida, bent on finding the proper place at the end of the road for a ritual suicide. Having left no clues to her whereabouts or eventual aim, her confused and frightened family frantically searches for her while Dana searches for herself amongst the madness and wreckage of her life. Along her long walk to the shore, she and we meet people: the missing pieces of her life and countering voices to one inside her. Will they be able to divert her from her suicidal course? Descent is an engrossing story of midlife crisis, quiet desperation and escape that climaxes with a wicked twist. With touches of eroticism, of psychological tumult and intrigue, Descent packs quite a punch.
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