Feather Man by Rhyll McMaster
“Feather Man” is another book generously provided to me from Literary Ventures Fund. In some ways, it reminded me a bit of The Leper Compound, primarily because I again felt disconnected from the main character. I’m starting to wonder if this is a trademark of authors from former British colonies. Perhaps they feel disconnected from their mother country? Would American authors write like this if we hadn’t dumped all of that tea into Boston Harbor?
In all seriousness, however, I do believe that this too was a purposeful choice on the part of the author. We learn within the first chapter or two that the main character, Sooky, who lives in Brisbane in the 1950s, has been molested by her next door neighbor, a man older than her parents. This experience, plus the fact that Sooky’s parents neglect her emotionally, Sooky grows up to be someone who has difficulty connecting emotionally to other people, and even to her own thoughts and feelings.
Although I am comparing it to “The Leper Compound,” I found “Feather Man” much easier to follow, despite the disconnect. It was also a very interesting story, with Sooky’s attempt to find enough inner-strength to normalize her life and escape from a pattern of emotional abuse.
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