Mary: An Awakening of Terror

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Mary: An Awakening of Terror

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This book also dives into social topics that aren’t really discussed to much—perimenopause and the treatment of women once they reach a certain age. As a playwright, Nat is known as "one of New York City's rising playwrights, with numerous productions and awards, critical acclaim, and a reputation for producing intelligent, bold, darkly comic plays with one foot in horror and the other in literary allusion" (Usher Nonsense). And yet in spite of these numbers I won’t disclose, there were a few books I was hoping I’d pick up but were unable to obtain either because they weren’t there or the timing was off.

There are some doctor scenes in this book in which Mary’s problems get repeatedly dismissed as menopause and these scenes are especially significant, many women of any age will recognize this kind of dismissal of symptoms as either period or eating problems. I had my eye on it for awhile, as it touts being in similar veins as “Carrie” and “Midsommar”, which catch my eye for varying reasons. This was gory and horrifying and had some images/scenes that will surely stick with me for a very long time.

The rich desert setting with an odd community of inhabitants reminded me of Sundial by Catriona Ward. It goes on forever and at times I just gave up trying to work out what was happening to whom and why. There, the perimenopausal symptoms get even worse, she's haunted by murdered women and her own past.

It doesn't matter if you're into Stephen King, Octavia Butler, Jack Ketchum or Shirley Jackson, this is the place to share that love and discuss to your heart's content. Mary starts to see entities around her—mutilated and graphic, these entities are trying to speak to her. I won’t spoil anything, but there were three vivid moments where I was fairly put off by what I was reading on the page, and one in particular where I almost stopped reading altogether. I think it would have been better to break up the book a bit to just give us another POV besides the sheriff at the very beginning of the book.My reading experience: At one point in the story, Mary says something to her Aunt Nadine's dog, Chipotle (they say it like chip-oh-dull, haha), and the actress, Jennifer Coolidge got in my mind and stayed for the duration of this book, which was genius. I relate to or at least respect everything Cassidy brought to the table about how hard and unfair it is to be a woman and an aging woman at that. I’m a little reluctant to give a concrete number as to the amount of ARCs I got at ALA Annual in June, as the number is staggering and a little out of control.

I am a perimenopausal middle aged woman after all so I felt Mary was like a kindred spirit of sorts.And, though each chapter in Mary's journey is wild, riveting, and chaotic, this isn't one to read for the twists. Mary is honestly not an interesting character, and I think we were supposed to root for her, similar to Carrie, but the whole book had me going what is going on now.

Cassidy has a skilled storytelling voice capable of intense, graphic imagery and scary scenes as well as laugh-out-loud humor.How clever, (I thought) to take what is already a difficult transition in a woman's life and turn it into a horror novel. If you look for my bookshelf label "MARY Influences," you can see a whole motley batch o' books that helped inspire MARY. I didn't lose interest but I did find myself wanting to read faster or skim unnecessary details a few times. It's menopause, now stop talking crazy and move along, I have another patient to see type of attitude.



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