Sunday, December 08, 2013
Imperfect Spiral, by Debbie Levy
A muddled novel that has a hard time deciding whether it wants to be about celebrating life and grief or if it wants to be a polemical work about immigration. In the book's blurb, the subject of immigration never comes up, but in the afterword, it is all the author can talk about. One suspects that Levy wrote one thing and got led astray by the other (although which thing?). Regardless, the two themes don't mesh very well and the result is the lack of a clear focus to the story that ultimately distracts from its power.