REVIEW: Perpetual West

“How we other-ize people, separate ourselves from them, and how this allows us to stop feeling compassion.”

———————Whew, boy, I am 100% sure that there was so much in this that went over my head. The writing was really beautiful… And there are so many quotes that struck me very deeply, above is just one example.

I enjoyed the story, and, as usual, I liked one story more than the other… but unusually my story preference switched halfway through. initially, I was really bought into Elana’s story about her drug addicted brother in the Appalachian’s and not so much in Alex’s story. But as Alex went missing, I was much more interested in his story than Elana finding him. I completely understood the allusion of the physical border to the borders we hold in our minds. The evolution of Elana and Alex as individuals was really compelling. 

What I am sure I missed was the more political and philosophical messages. I am glad I read it… But I think this is one that probably needs a second read to fully absorb all that there is contained within.

Thanks to Algonquin books for the gifted copy. All opinions above are my own.

Have you ever been to Mexico? Is it on your bucket list?

PS – This is not a Black Author, I have committed this review date. Will make up the day with a Black Author in March for sure! ✊🏾✊🏿

Published by openmypages

I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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