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The Savant of Chelsea Paperback – September 18, 2013
This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
Publisher's Weekly -
Alexandra Donicka is a talented but unstable brain surgeon living in New York City. When her mother dies, [she must] face the tragedies and secrets of her youth... childhood abuse and the birth of a child, who was taken from Alexandra by her mother more than two decades ago. As Alexandra searches for her daughter, she must grapple with long-hidden emotions and discover her own humanity. Jenkins creates fully realized, believable characters and ably portrays mental illness in this dark tale that provides nonstop thrills and culminates in an explosive and unexpected finale.
About the Author
Suzanne Jenkins is the author of the six Pam of Babylon books, The Greektown Stories, including The Greeks of Beaubien Street, The Princess of Greektown, and Christmas in Greektown, Someone Like You, Alice's Summertime Adventure, The Savant of Chelsea and Atlas of Women. Her short story, Vapor appeared in Willow Review, Spring 2013. A retired operating room nurse, Jenkins divides her time between the west Michigan lakeshore, the Brandywine River Valley, and the mountains of Southern California.
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Top customer reviews
If you love books that delve so deeply into a person's mind that you can feel her emotions and energy as if they were your own, this is the book for you. You will see an amazingly wise and independent young girl grow into a puzzling woman genius who feels most comfortable being literally inside another's brain. You will wonder to yourself where this story could possibly go. Then as you continue on her journey with her, watch out!!
I simply cannot say enough about the impact this book had on me and how it lasted for so many days afterward. Truthfully, the impact still has an effect on me when I think about it now. What a great book! I can only hope that I can find more books that have the same effect on me in the future.
Suzanne Jenkins is a wonderful writer and all of her books have left a lasting impression on me that I cannot deny and I share it with everyone I come in contact with who reads. I'm so glad I "discovered" Suzanne and I just pray that she continues bringing her genius writing to all of us.
First off, the female lead, Alexandra, is truly unique. Although she’s a brilliant surgeon, she’s also a high-functioning autistic savant, with all its trappings. She has trouble looking at people directly, doesn’t like to be touched, goes for late night/early morning runs to remain stabilized, and although at work she’s a whiz, the everyday necessities of life, like eating, laundry, even shower reminders are helped along by a small team of paid help.
But if that weren’t interesting enough, the author starts to skillfully peel back more and more about this person––her terrible, abusive childhood, how she managed to escape that horrific background to become who she is, and her dark secret. When her mother, whom she’s not seen in years, dies, she travels to New Orleans for a single purpose. And it’s that very touching purpose that kicks the book up into an even higher gear. More than riveted, I could not turn the pages of this book fast enough. Recommend? ABSOLUTELY!!
Most recent customer reviews
The good guys win as our heroine rides off into the sunset to live happily ever after in an emotionally satisfying turn of events.Read more