In this elliptical journey, the acclaimed author of the Pharmacist's Mate offers an illustration of why, at any given moment, we are more powerful than we think.
Motherhood, childhood, music, motorcycling, and hands-on healing are among the raw materials from which critically acclaimed writer Amy Fusselman has created her latest work - a daring exploration of the fluidity of time. The same idiosyncratic and inimitable form Fusselman created in the astonishingly original The Pharmacist's Mate - short, staccato paragraphs, some reading like journal entries - lends intimacy to her reflections and observations.
From her experiences with the man she calls "my pedophile" to the more domestic trials of sleep training her infant son or her obsession with a Beastie Boys song, Fusselman moves from one subject to the next with the freeform exuberance of a child at play. Occasionally the topic is abstract and grand, such as her contemplation of what Time is; sometimes, she focuses on the seemingly trivial and mundane aspects of life, like taking a taxi ride. The idea of learning through repetition and the automatic motions of humans are metaphorically represented by the countless figure eights she performed as a child on the ice.
Family is ever present in 8 and Fusselman writes with inclusive tenderness, extending this intimacy to the reader as well. While she comes to terms with the very human experience of enduring a trauma and revisiting it in the attempt to move beyond it, Fusselman ultimately offers a passionate and hopeful meditation on doing just that.
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