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Swallow Paperback – December 11, 2009
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
"I swallowed it up, no pun intended... The novel is very chatty and engaging... A great beach read." --Gotham Gal
"...As engaging as any book I have read. Although it does seem to be a little long at first, the character development is so appealing that once you start reading you find yourself eagerly anticipating what will come next..." --Examiner.com
"This is not just regional, women's fiction - it transcends any genre... Ms. Plank's first novel is a brilliant show of even greater things to come. She is an author to watch and follow." --The Review Broads
Swallow, which I've just started reading, hooks you from the opening pages with its breathless urgency and captures what it's like to live in NY now, with money worries and ambition and myriad obligations breathing down your neck, and none of it written in cutesy chick-lit'ry. So give it a try. --Vanity Fair Online, James Wolcott, January 15, 2010
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Engaged to marry, they are having dinner together when she suddenly cannot eat or speak and barely can breath. Her throat feels stuffed by a ball the size of her fiancé's fist. She remembers as a seven years old having the first time the fist blocked her throat when she, her sister and mom left their dad in California to move to the Arizona penitentiary city of Florence. Finally deciding to learn what her condition is, Sophie finds out she suffers from a psychosomatic illness Globus Sensate; a condition that makes it difficult to represent her Sing Sing clients in a court of affluence, but 9/11 will soon teach her what terror truly is as she walks down sixteen flights.
This is a terrific character study of a mid twenties woman struggling with a psychological disorder that attacks her physically at importune moments in a world and in her mind already out of control with unfairness. Whether it is Arizona, New Haven, or New York, Sophie struggles to survive feeling like an outsider; enabling her to empathize with her poverty stricken clients. Fans will root for this wonderful heroine who refuses to allow her delicate condition and her sense of not belonging from preventing her from doing her best for her indigent clients who face a system that scorns them as losers for being poor.
Speaking of, while some felt the 9/11 setting gave Sophie the impetus to move forward, I felt instead as if the author simply wanted to get her personal 9/11 story out there. It was not necessary to the book, is a complicated issue for many and it feels a bit manipulative to have been dragged into that story. It is a hell and I mean HELL of a thing to have lived through, I am not making light of that and I imagine it would be hard *not* to put your character in your shoes, but it just didn't work for me, for this story.
Additionally, I was left feeling that the final "resolution" was something of a cop-out when the author simply couldn't figure out how *to* resolve some issues. I mean, what would the resolution be in regards to Sophie's family? Stephen? Even Alana. Who knows. Better to just find a location cure and call it a day.Read more ›
It's hard to believe that someone who graduated from Yale Law School and landed a prestigious fellowship with the New York City Public Defender's Office could think her accomplishments amount to "nada," but when we meet Sophie Hegel at the beginning of author Tonya Plank's debut novel, Swallow, Sophie is experiencing serious self-confidence issues.
Originally from a small town in Arizona, she's not found the transition to the fast paced world of NYC easy. It doesn't help that her boyfriend, an attorney at a prestigious law firm, works insane hours and the only socializing they do seems to bring her into contact with a crowd of upscale attorneys from generations deep ivy league pedigrees... which only makes her feel more insecure.
Things seem to be looking up when her boyfriend proposes to her at dinner one evening, except that she suddenly gets the sensation that she has a lump in her throat and finds it nearly impossible to swallow. Not only does the sensation not go away, it gets progressively worse and her inability to eat anything substantial causes her to lose such an alarming amount of weight that her friends and family think she has an eating disorder. Though she doesn't, she does realize that she needs help, and thus begins her search for the cause of her condition.
Despite that rather dire sounding set-up, Swallow is actually a very engaging, darkly humorous read. Sophie's attempts to find the answer to her problem in the medical world, first with a physician then a psychologist, are fertile ground for misadventure.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty average, the writing is nothing to get excited about, plot mundane, characters one dimensional but at Least I finished the book.Published 23 months ago by peter humphries
I enjoyed this story for several reasons: the heroine was fully developed, flaws and all. It was a great character study of a young woman of average background, average financial... Read morePublished on May 24, 2014 by Roben
The main character was a shallow twit that failed to engage my sympathy. All the other characters spent their time snickering or screaming unexplainably. Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by Ben Prior
I have to admit it feels like it's been a long time I've read a book that didn't have any really steamy moments or graphic sex in it. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by Nyxx Raven
I honestly don't remember buying this book. It might have been a fluke. I'm pretty sure I read like a chapter & gave up.Published on November 4, 2013 by Chelsey
I'm loving this book - really. Not finished yet. I'm not really used to reading ebooks. A compelling story incorporating real concerns and great themes. Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
First of all I started reading this book and had to put it down because it was kind of gross. I just could not get into it (of course I read books in-between). Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by chase
This book was boring in the beginning and I was soon interested in the middle when she started to lose herself, but then the ending was stupid since you don't get to read about how... Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Just me
What is the book about?
Sophie Hegel suffers from something called Globus Sensate, or as Sophie calls it"fistball" or "fb. Read more