Saturday, May 19, 2007
32. "A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That" - Lisa Glatt
Bodies as parts, sex as medicine, love as life... there are several thematic elements that impact the reader in this book of short stories, all linked to a professor, her mother, and her student.
Rachel teaches poetry but lives with her mother, who is dying from breast cancer. Almost in an effort to keep her mother alive, Rachel brings home men for several one night stands.
Thankfully, this isn't a novel about the past relationship between a mother and her daughter, where they fight, then love each other again right before she passes away silently at dawn. I can't emphasize how happy this made me. It's anti-cliche throughout, and its lovely, amazing writing is sensual and striking. My only grudge is that one of my written babies "curled like a comma" - so, she has my work beaten to the floorboards.
4.5 out of 5.0 Diamant Noirs.