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"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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Air Force veteran Chrys Safis takes an assignment as interpretor/companion for Turkish ex-patriot, Reyha Arslan. She is in The United States to deliver an address to The United Nations General Assembly. Reyha is under protective services from the State Department as she is a controversial figure. Chrys is lucky to have the job. She is still suffering from PTSD from an attack that killed her friends while she was in Syria, fighting with Kurdish forces. She is mired in nightmares, hallucinations, alcohol and drug abuse, and struggling to accept the loss of one of her legs. These two women are as different as any two women could be. Reyha is wealthy, refined and a lover of literature and philosophy. Chrys is a practical woman who sees the world in black and white. Both women are dedicated to helping the thousands of women and children caught in the violence of the wars that consume the Middle East.
Ms. MacElvee did an exquisite job of bringing both Chrys and Reyha to life. Chrys is so wounded. Her body is broken, but her soul has been left shattered by the atrocities she has witnessed. At first all I saw was the typical PTSD veteran stereotype, but through Chrys’s hallucinations, nightmares and memories I began to see a woman who was struggling to find her way back to the hope she once had; to make a difference in the world. Reyha’s character was deliciously layered and with each chapter I grew to love her more.
The book is not an easy read. There are a lot of tough topics raised. PTSD, addiction, rape, war, cultural discourse and global politics aren’t your typical ingredients for a romance, but at the center of this story is the immutable idea that love heals. The love that grows between Chrys and Reyha is bigger than the sum of their personal tragedies. They find their healing in the sharing of their pain.
I was provided with an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
It’s a good book but it just wasn’t for me, I love happy endings too much....
Reyha Arslan is a Turkish national living in Washington. She is living with a tragic past and an uncertain future due to her own illness. When Chrys is asked to be a diplomatic liaison for Reyha she finally feels like she has a reason to live. First time I've read Ms MacElvee's work ad I'm hoping it wont be the last. Great read.
eARC via NetGalley
The friendships and political situation were engaging. I would read more by this author.