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Failure To Zigzag: A Novel by [Vandenburgh, Jane]
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From Publishers Weekly

Vandenburgh makes a brilliant debut with this startlingly idiosyncratic, intelligent, funny and painfully moving novel. In Southern California in the late '50s and early '60s, Charlotte, daughter of wackily schizophrenic Katrinka, struggles in the toils of family madness for a normal life. When Katrinka repairs to mental hospital, Charlotte stays with her stodgy, repressive and yet crazily eccentric Republican grandparents, who provide little more fertile ground to flourish than did Katrinka, who, for all her charm and energizing wit, is surpassingly wretched as a mother. When Katrinka enters into a brief, improbable marriage, Charlotte is schlepped along to live an unkempt, disordered life in blue collar Redondo Beach and then, gypsy-like, in an Airstream mobile home while her mother works as a circus ventriloquist. With consummate artistry and by subtle indirection, the talented author reveals courage, misery and despair through sharp, flip dialogue, evoking the reader's empathy.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The theme of insanity is always intriguing, but in this novel, more is promised than is delivered. Katrinka, an alcoholic, schizophrenic mother reminiscent of Blanche DuBois in her insidious self-centeredness, is too careless and irresponsible to parent her child, Charlotte, whom she relinquishes to her parents during stays in sanitariums. The reader hopes to receive insights into Katrinka's illness and the dynamics that foster it; instead, at the expense of characterization, our attention is drawn to brand names and other memorabilia that identify an era--the late 1950s and early 1960s--while the real story gets buried beneath narrative that too explicitly details the trivial and banal.
- Alice Shane, New York
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 900 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; Counterpoint pbk. ed edition (May 3, 2000)
  • Publication Date: May 3, 2000
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005X9AO4K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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