"Bound" leaves a number of loose threads untied

  • Article by: SUSAN COMNINOS
  • Updated: September 25, 2010 - 2:10 PM

"Bound," the title of a new novel by Antonya Nelson, might have better suited a book of linked tales by the award-winning author of short stories.

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booklover82Oct. 11, 1012:04 PM

My book group is reading Bound, and so far we've all loved it. I was surprised by this review, both because it's inaccurate and because its assessment of the book is so far from my own experience. The intertwined stories of two women at turning points in their lives is so beautifully told and so emotionally accurate that I kept hoping the book wouldn't end, because I so loved hearing about them both. The links with the BTK killer aren't creepy at all -- it's interesting to think about how kids can grow up with something like this in the background of their lives. They don't dwell on it, but it's there. And that's just how life is, really. Also, the shifts in perspective aren't that hard to follow -- and they make the book richer and more interesting. As for the book's purported "illogic" -- it's very clear from the get-go that Misty ISN'T an "out-of-work alcoholic" -- she's grown up to be a successful Houston realtor, which permits her and her daughter to live a nice life -- one that's an interesting contrast to her growing up years in Wichita. I don't know how the reviewer could have missed this plot point, which was pretty obvious. Makes me think the reviewer was on a deadline and just skimmed this wonderful book, which is why she got the plot wrong. Too bad for her.

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