My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Helen has lost God and punishes herself by staying in an abusive marriage, while Edward is trapped in his own bad habit of self-abuse. Both are looking for a savior in all the wrong places until they meet each other. A.L. Kennedy explores an unorthodox courtship between a battered woman and porn addicted man with heartbreaking honesty and humor. Helen and Edward’s relationship is one that reminds us how important it is to have patience, acceptance, and forgiveness (both of the self and for others) when it comes to love. Even the most damaged among us can heal if there is someone who can give us what we need.
Kennedy’s voice is wholly original as she punctuates minimalist language with shocking twists and surprises. She navigates between the introverted Helen and boisterous Edward with ease and believability, despite their overtly strong personalities. Themes of love, morality, abuse, and faith are handled in thought provoking ways that challenge any reader to question their own beliefs. Well worth a read for those who enjoy literature that is fearless in broaching taboo subjects.
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