2008: 22. Set This House In Order

“My father called me out.

I was twenty-six years old when I first came out of the lake, which puzzles some people, who wonder how I could have an age without having a past.”

Set This House In Order, Matt Ruff

This is a book that I had heard about a number of times, but wasn’t really sure what it was about.  When I was in Seattle, and running out of reading material, it was for sale in the half-price section of Hudson Bookseller* and so I bought it.  And it was totally different from what I had expected (even having no real expectations), but I really, really enjoyed it.

The book is about multiple personality disorder, told from the point of Andy Gage, who was created two years ago to be the outside face of the hundreds of souls in his body.  He has managed to create a life (if a strange one) for himself, and to handle this different way of being when he meets Penny Driver.  Penny clearly also has MPD, and has not come to handle it like Andy has (i.e., it is wrecking her life).  Andy wants nothing to do with Penny at first, but soon is drawn to helping her.  This help will lead both Penny and Andy on journeys into their fractured souls, where Andy realizes that he isn’t as cured as he thought he was, and Penny learns there is hope for her, after all.  The book is part mystery, part story of self discovery, and is totally fascinating.

*Which is a gorgeous, gorgeous bookstore.  Why doesn’t D.C. have such a wonderful independent bookseller? I’m always shopping at Barnes & Noble!

Date/Place Completed: 2/17/08; Seattle

Categories: Fiction

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