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Shelter in Place: A Novel

by Alexander Maksik

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"In the summer of 1991 my mother beat a man to death with a twenty-two ounce Estwing framing hammer and I fell in love with Tess Wolf."

What a great first line. It is those two events that shape Joseph March's life for many years to come. As he recounts the events of those years, I found myself inside Joe's head. Joe suffers from bipolar disorder, and Maksik perfectly captures his demeanor in both his manic and his depressive episodes. In addition to writing about mental illness, Maksik also tackles the difficult issue of domestic violence, showing each characters unique response. Wrapped in beautiful language, this story soars off the page. ( )
  porch_reader | Oct 27, 2016 |
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"Joseph March, a twenty-one-year-old working class kid from Seattle, has just graduated from college and his future beckons, unencumbered, limitless, magnificent. Joe's life implodes when he starts to suffer the symptoms of bipolar disorder, and, not long after, his mother, Anne-Marie March, beats a stranger to death with a hammer. Joe moves to White Pine, Washington, where Anne-Marie is serving time and his father has set up house. He is followed by Tess Wolff, a fiercely independent woman with whom he is in love. Meanwhile, Joe's mother is gradually being transformed into a national heroine. Many see her crime as a furious, exasperated act of righteous rebellion. Tess, too, is under her spell. Spurred on by Anne-Marie's example, she enlists Joe in a plan that will forever change their lives."--Cover flap.… (more)

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