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Vanishing Point Paperback – May 27, 2017
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''The novel boasts some stunning turns of phrase bridging Angela's thoughts and reality.... A heartbreaking and exquisite story about emotional violence.'' --Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
E.V. comes from the far western reaches of New York State. After working in advertising, traveling widely, and raising three children, she earned her MFA at The Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Connecticut and teaches writing and literature at local colleges and writing studios. Her stories have appeared in literary journals including Glimmer Train, Alaska Quarterly Review, and StoryQuarterly.
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What I especially liked, in terms of the intersection between characters and plot, was the way the novel continued after the ‘climax’ of the story. It doesn’t offer off a neat resolution. It respects human’s inabilities, limitations, and failures. And for this, we keep reading, because I think in this second half is where Legters shines.
It is in these pages where I see the main departure point from some classics that this novel echoes, such as Lady Chatterly’s Lover and The Awakening. This is where I see the fruition of all the little mentions and clues from before, and the space is afforded to the characters for them to take up the reins of their destiny, even the side ones.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Though often dark, and tinged with the gray tones of depression and quiet despair, there is a deeply touching core to this story that grabbed me and held, and kept me reading. We recognize Angela; or if not, we recognize her struggle to be seen and to ultimately see herself.
Lydia, almost as thin as Angela, but with more luxurious hips and breasts, always seems near bursting. There’s an energy about her, some part always in motion. Her clothes, although they fit perfectly, never seem roomy enough.
She stopped arguing about things like this long ago because he takes less notice of her when there’s nothing to notice, and not being noticed can be useful. She’s not afraid of Ross and never has been; she’s afraid for him. She senses he could—someday will—disintegrate, and she never wants to be the reason.
Her miniature crushes are just that, she and the others believe, brief flirtations with young men brought to the club to teach golf or tennis, or the lifeguards who come and go… It’s an outlet, she says, freely admitting her need to be watched, hopefully admired, and reassured she’s still vibrant. She’s only after a certain kind of conversation, she says, a bantering back and forth, foreplay with no complications.
He’d become one of those men who, despite having been identified as having grown pompous, and despite having unreasonable opinions, still wields power. She doesn’t understand how this could be so, when she wields so little.
Her long, dark hair is full of tight curls that shoot out from her head like the endings of nerves.
Vanishing Point was a unique, intense, insightfully observant, well-crafted, and emotive tale that kept me riveted to my Kindle. The main character of Angela was a wealthy housewife with all the material possessions, free time, and club memberships one could want. What she didn’t have was her husband’s attention. Angela felt invisible, unheard, and an accessory to her blowhard of a husband. She was so achingly lonely, bored, restless, and discontented, she was unable to focus and was retreating within herself and losing her grip on reality while she quietly unraveled.
The storyline and writing were fascinating and well-paced while fraught with tension, inner turmoil, secrets, vivid visuals, and a lurking sense of impending doom. My muscles and stomach were in knots yet I couldn’t stop reading. I remained conflicted yet empathetic and totally enthralled. While I wrestled with the unusual conundrum of intelligent and enticing characters who were not often likable, I found each one of them extremely compelling and was desperate to know every little thing about them.
I was quickly submerged in the story and had difficulty pulling myself back out when life demanded, and while away from my Kindle I often found myself ruminating and pondering the characters’ issues and dissecting the story while going about my tasks. However, I was not prepared for the story to stop as it written and hours later I am still stewing over the ending, ugh! I have an extremely strong compulsion to track the author down and go all Kathy Bates ala Misery and demand another chapter or three. E. V. Legters is an evil genius, emphasis on the evil for now.