Banana Kiss

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The Porcupine's Quill, 2005 - Fiction - 236 pages
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Robin Farber lives in a psychiatric institution. In her mind, she creates the world by looking at it: a quantum theory-world where matter pops in and out of existence as she observes it, a world where she is God. And, because the reader of Banana Kiss must take a long look through her schizophrenic eyes, this is our world, too, a world where the disembodied voices Robin hears are more real than the people who stand in front of her.

Robin's world is populated by a rich variety of characters, both real and imaginary. Her father, a sailor who died when she was a baby, shows up in her head whenever he's on leave. Derek, her charming, lovelorn friend, goes from mania to depression and back several times a day. There's her insufferable sister Melissa, who stole her boyfriend, Max. And, of course, there's Dr Mankiewicz, or `Whitecoat', the long-suffering therapist who, Robin tells us, `thinks there are some things that are real, and some things that are not, and that he knows better than anyone else.' Finally, there is Robin herself, whose confused, psychotic, funny, compassionate voice is one you are not likely to forget.

 

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
21
Section 3
37
Section 4
61
Section 5
81
Section 6
107
Section 7
143
Section 8
169
Section 9
187
Section 10
201
Section 11
207
Section 12
223
Section 13
229
Section 14
237
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About the author (2005)

Bonnie Rozanski currently resides in New Jersey, but has lived all over the United States and Canada. She has degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Adelphi University (Garden City, Long Island) and the University of Guelph, and worked in both academia and business before deciding to return to her first love, writing. She has written several books in which scientific issues inform the plots, as well as two prize-winning plays.

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