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31. Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge. Just recently re-printed by the wonderful and personable Small Beer Press, so get your copies there. Solitaire is a definite page-turner--I am kind of a robot in that I have pretty structured reading times, and this book basically obliterated them. What's compelling about it is primarily the character of Ren "Jackal" Segura, who starts out as the gifted and sheltered scion of the Ko corporation; everyone's expectations for her are high, but she's had the best training they can offer and she's smart. And then quite suddenly everything goes to hell, and she's not the golden child anymore--she's a prisoner, sentenced to a term in a virtual reality prison. The novel covers a lot of ground: corporate life, prison, trauma, and functional and dysfunctional families of both the biological and constructed varieties. Mainly, though, what Eskridge really explores what it means to be alone, how community is constructed, how relationships can make us simultaneously vulnerable and secure. Highly recommended.


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Mar. 17th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
Yay! Chris brought this home the other day, and I'm going to steal it and read it first. Thanks!
Mar. 17th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
This is on my list to read, too. I'm glad to get a good report of it :)
Kelley Eskridge
Apr. 12th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's always a treat to turn someone's reading schedule upside down (grin). I very much appreciate your taking time to talk about the book, and am delighted you liked it. Yes, the simultaneity of being vulnerable and secure... thanks for that as well, it's a lovely way to look at it and I shall think about it more.
Apr. 12th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the book! I can't believe it took me this long to read it, but I loved it.
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