Plot: Matza tells a multilayered story from two POV narratives. The storylines appear disparate at first as one catalogues a carefree life while the other ruminates on contentment rediscovered after an attempted suicide. It’s only near the end that the two narratives are powerfully linked.
Prose: Eloquent and evocative prose combines with dialogue so natural that readers may feel as though they are silent observers within the story.
Originality: Matza takes risks with the unconventional narrative structure, which ultimately results in a unique and innovative story.
Character Development: Although the narrator remains a shadowy figure throughout, Matza manages to convey a strong sense of growth and dimension through the separate stories. The structure keeps the reader guessing as to whether the two central characters are truly the same person. Dialogue and description provide a vivid understanding of secondary characters.
Date Submitted: April 11, 2018