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Slow River (S.F. Masterworks) Paperback – February 14, 2013
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It is set in the near future, where Lore, the heroine, finds herself naked after escaping from her kidnappers.
The story is told in multiple times, when Lore is a child and a teenage in a rich and very intelligent family. At the time of the kidnap and Lore's escape from it. At the beginning of the her time with Spanner, the woman who saves Lore and then corrupts her. And at the present, when Lore is trying to be a law abiding person with a day job.
I think what left the greatest mark on my mind is the way the book is written, relative to the plot. The book is written some of the time in third person, some of the time in first person, and that is the way that Lore treats herself, from a vessel of other people's wishes (her mother and father, and later Spanner), unto a person which decides her own path in life.
***Spoilers from here***
The underlying sexual abuse is threaded from the beginning of the book. At first as subtext, and later as something which Lore is aware that it happened.
I think of Lore and her two sisters as three different way of dealing with sexual abuse. Stella, who kills herself when she understands. Greta, who becomes psychopathic in the sense of disregarding laws and doing what she believes in, without regards to others. And Lore, who lets her body and soul be abused because her self esteem doesn't let her refuse. Until the author lets Lore heal, and be redeemed, find the ability to trust and ask for help, in a world/life where trust and faith are dangerous because the people who were supposed to protect you didn't do it.
I won't go into the plot. Let me just say as a straight male reader, I recommend this for all audiences as an example of a story that will grab your attention where the fact the protagonist is a lesbian is of secondary import. In fact, the word lesbian never appears in the book.