The Savant of Chelsea
"This gripping novel from Jenkins delivers complex twists and turns fromstart to finish. Alexandra Donicka is a talented but unstable brainsurgeon living in New York City. When her mother dies, Alexandra travels to New Orleans to face the tragedies and secrets of her youth. Theseinclude childhood abuse and the birth of a child, who was taken fromAlexandra by her mother more than two decades ago. As Alexandra searches for her daughter, she must grapple with long-hidden emotions anddiscover her own humanity. Jenkins creates fully realized, believablecharacters and ably portrays mental illness in this dark tale thatprovides nonstop thrills and culminates in an explosive and unexpectedfinale."
Award winning film-maker and author, Elizabeth Appell says about The Savant of Chelsea, "Disturbing while brilliant. The characters in "The Savant of Chelsea" live and breathe long afterthe book is over. Jenkins really knows the inside and out of mentalillness and doesn't flinch. Though I kept wanting to turn away I wasn'table. I couldn't stop turning the pages. There should be an online bookclub to discuss the ending. I had to read it three times to be sure what was on the page was what I thought I'd read. It was simultaneouslysatisfactory and disturbing. This novel could be a film."