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Riassunto: A mother seeks freedom for her young son?and rediscovers her own need for it in the process?in this powerful novel about family, identity, and love
Once a painter, a traveler, a lover of light, Anna Simon has been living in the dark ever since she gave birth to Max, a child with a rare genetic disease for whom even an hour in sunlight could prove fatal. For years, Anna has home schooled Max and structured her life around his, despite the fact that her husband, Ian, favors mainstreaming. When Anna learns of a camp in upstate New York for children with the disease, she sees room for a compromise?a sanctuary for Max, a place where he can interact with other children and be both safe and free.
And so the summer that Max is nine, the family heads off to Camp Luna. At first, it seems like the answer to their problems. But as Anna is drawn into life there and gets to know Hal, the camp?s charismatic founder, freedom and safety prove to be complicated things. What begins as a novel about a mother with a sick child quickly becomes an intricate examination of one woman?s identity as Anna?given sudden breathing room?looks around at her life and finds that she has lost track of essential pieces of herself. What, exactly, are safety and freedom? And at what cost?to one?s self and the people in one?s life?should they be protected and pursued?
Beautifully written, emotionally wrenching, Awake showcases the strengths of Elizabeth Graver?s acclaimed previous novel, The Honey Thief, the focus shifting from childhood to adulthood, to limn the passions and intricacies of a woman?s mind and heart.
Dall'autore: When I start writing, I always begin with so little-this time an image of people living in the dark-and then I grope my way forward, with almost no idea, at first, of where I am going. Looking back, I think I was drawn to this world because of how it contains so many strange reversals (the night world, a family life turned upside down,) and because it allowed me to explore things that have long interested me: safety and danger; community; the self's need for both autonomy and connection; the simultaneous fragility and robustness of human life; the contours of erotic life and desire. The family has been dealing with a rare genetic disease, XP, for nine years when the book opens; XP informs everything, but it is not the actual subject of the novel. Anna is the subject-the course her life has taken because of her son's illness; her efforts to reconcile her various selves; her marriage, which has stagnated over the years; her relationship to her two children; her strong attraction to Hal, the camp's director. The disease is, in some ways, the crucible in which all these things take place. "We grow accustomed to the Dark," Emily Dickinson wrote in the poem I used as the book's epigraph. The novel explores what happens once you're there.
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