Dancer with Bruised Knees

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Chronicle Books LLC, Apr 1, 1996 - Fiction - 224 pages
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This innovative comic novel tells the story of Sarah Blight, a 40-year-old photographer who has fallen into a deep depression. Sarah has lost her right eye in a barroom fight, her lover to another woman, and perhaps even her mind-she has been diagnosed as a manic depressive. She must also cope with an agoraphobic mother, an alcoholic father, and an abusive brother who is in jail for the murder of his own wife. Instead of flashbacks, the author uses descriptions of Sarah's family photographs to show us her childhood. Always funny while remaining poignant, the novel has a philosophical overtone that will grip the reader. Although Sarah has been wounded by life, both physically and emotionally, her spirit soars until she is dancing. -- from (Dec. 10, 2015).

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

This is an extremely difficult book to read and I can see why Nancy included it in her chapter, "Families in Trouble" (More Book Lust, page 83). Sarah Blight is a middle aged photographer getting over ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Like McFall's debut, The One True Story of the World (1990), this meandering novel features a troubled woman with a witty voice and a sad family history. It also poses a question that begs to be asked ... Read full review


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