Reading Frenzy

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

What a tangled web

Envy by Kathryn Harrison

Will Moreland, a New York therapist leaves his wife at home to attend his 25th college reunion. It becomes quickly apparent that a lot is happening—he’s estranged from his famous twin brother, he meets up with an old flame who may or may not have had his baby, he’s still very much in mourning for his dead son and he and his wife are having difficulty connecting in the wake of this. In a confrontation with an ex-girlfriend at the reunion, she makes the comment, “You are an excellent example of why it is that people think shrinks are nuts.” She may be right.

Will spends a lot of time obsessing about just about everything in his life, and at times his thoughts and actions frustrate the heck out of the reader. Throw in a missing brother whose actions caused far reaching ripples so many years ago—some of which are just coming to light--and you have a mesmerizing look at a complicated family. Did I find it compelling? Well, mostly.


At 11:00 AM, Blogger Denise said...

Well, mostly? LOL. Interesting. It was suppose to be next on my list to read but I couldn't bring myself to pick it up. It's dropped down to about third on my list, should I let it slide even further?

At 12:51 PM, Blogger Kate said...

Probably not...give it a try and let me know what you thought. Once I started I couldn't stop.

At 7:26 PM, Anonymous adrienne said...

It's hard for me to take Harrison seriously. After her many books (some fiction some memoir) about incest, I tend to look askance at her work. Was there any incest in this one?

At 8:39 AM, Blogger Kate said...

This was my first Harrison, and yes, there was the subject of incest. I'm not sure I could handle her memoir.


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