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"The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell" by Robert Dugoni
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I'll be honest, I did not much care for Dean throughout much of this novel, but I know full well that liking a main character is not the point of reading a novel. I found him self-absorbed, adolescent, unstable, but then that's who he is.
Consider the lack of models for transgender people. Just who should Dean turn to for someone to show him how to be in the world? So often the only community we have is our peers, just as directionless and lost as we. How can I expect Dean to be wiser, more philosophical or more mature than those young people who have precedent to guide them?
His relationship with Teddy, a transwoman is the most moving part of the novel and showcases DeLine's exquisite prose as no other.
He placed the angel on the footer beside the silk plant. He realized it would seem a typical talisman to passersby, just as Theodore Patrick Foley would seem a typical man. The gesture felt powerful nonetheless. He curled up over the grave, hugging his knees. He put his lips to the dirt between the grass and closed his eyes. After a few moments, he whispered into the ground, a variation of something he’d accidentally memorized by heart “And alien tears will fill for her Pity’s long broken urn. For her mourners will be outcast men And outcasts always mourn.”
I am reminded that even people with whom I could never get along have some gift for me if I pay attention. In this case it is grace.
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The characters were seemed to be all stereotypes from Dean, to Vivian, to Colin, to Craig, to Adrian, the list goes on. Not one character did something unexpected or surprising or out-of-line with their particular brooding style. I think using FTMs as the main characters was a gimmick. I learned nothing new or insightful about what occurs with them or in their lives. If the attempt was to portray FTMs as being normal, I think the author missed the whole point of feeling FTM, at least for me.
Furthermore, and for this I think the editor is to blame and not the author, the amount of spacing errors, and spelling and grammar errors was a bit over the top for a book I paid $18 for. My comments are free, so I think people can deal with my errors, but at least clean up the tabs and spaces before putting out a book.