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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.
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