Anomaly [NOOK Book]


Relapse isn't just for addicts.

J doesn't need rehab. He's well clean of the hard stuff, the soft stuff, and the things in between that helped him bury all the doubts he has about who he is. That was before the tormented drug addict from next door sets J on a renewed path of self-destruction that threatens to re-ignite all the fears he's spent years trying to manage. Now everything he's worked for is at ...

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Relapse isn't just for addicts.

J doesn't need rehab. He's well clean of the hard stuff, the soft stuff, and the things in between that helped him bury all the doubts he has about who he is. That was before the tormented drug addict from next door sets J on a renewed path of self-destruction that threatens to re-ignite all the fears he's spent years trying to manage. Now everything he's worked for is at stake: his sobriety, his identity, even his fragile sense of self.

Anomaly is a literary fiction - come - psychological thriller about substance abuse in the seamy world of sexuality and self discovery. It's ultimately about prejudice and bias. More than that, it's about finding a way to make peace with yourself when no one else understands you

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016607825
  • Publisher: Thea Atkinson
  • Publication date: 11/20/2010
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,123,215
  • File size: 426 KB

Meet the Author

Thea Atkinson writes character driven fiction to the left of mainstream; call it what you will: she prefers to describe her work as psychological dramas with a distinct literary flavour. Her characters often find themselves in the darker edges of their own spirits but manage to find the light they seek.

She has been an editor, a freelancer, and a teacher, but fiction is her passion. She now blogs and writes and twitters. Not necessarily in that order.

Please visit her blog for ramblings, guest posts, giveaways, and more

or follow her on twitter!/theaatkinson

or like her facebook page:

a special thanks to Tiffany Atkinson for taking my author photo.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    The Art of Becoming

    Anomaly by Thea Atkinson is a thought provoking look into the life of J, a transgender person struggling to find an identity to cling to while trapped in a male body that doesn't normally feel as though it is his own. J's life will undergo more changes than he thought possible in the space of one short week. Not only will his identity go from masculine to femme in that time, but he'll find someone he could care for, maybe. Go through hell to help a next door neighbor he just meets. And try to help out his dearest friend, only to discover that in the end, he's the one with the real problems.

    J is a rich and multifaceted character. He comes across so well on the page. Kind, infinitely human, with just enough smart ass thrown in to cause him trouble. He's flawed. He's put himself through all kinds of torment, but in the end he's a decent person you can really like. I feel as though I should be alternating pronouns between "he" and "she" as I describe J because ultimately J is both masculine and feminine. As a man J describes himself as a "pretty boy," as a woman J feels ugly and incomplete without her makeup on, just like most other women I know. J's character just feels 'real'.

    I highly recommend Anomaly by Thea Atkinson. It puts a name, face and personality on an individual's struggle to be recognized for who he or she is regardless of the gender presented. It brings light to where we as a society fail transgendered people.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

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    I'm going to cheat and start with a quote snatched out of the author's own commentary because it describes the heart of this book so well.
    When I first began writing this book and realized that my main character was a trans person, I got really nervous. What did I know about transgender? I even remember saying to my daughter, "Why would my muse give me a transgender character to work with?"

    The deeper I got into the writing, the more I realized that it was about the human condition. It was about bias and prejudice and the need for society to put labels on things that we don't understand. It just so happened that my character was transgender. The same as if my character just happened to be a man and as an author I'm a woman.
    Atkinson succeeded in communicating all of those things. The cliché about walking in someone else's shoes applies as well. Her portrayal of J is both sympathetic and, for those who have ever had someone think less of them because of being different, potentially eye opening. "Anomaly" is not a book I would have been likely to read on my own, despite it coming close to issues that I care about. Yet, I can't help but think I'm a better person for having done so.

    "Anomaly" is also an excellent example of why the rise of Indie publishing we're experiencing is a good thing. I find it hard to picture this book attracting a contract with a traditional publisher. Not because the writing or the story isn't good enough, they are. But because of marketing reasons. How would we position it? Who's the audience? Can we sell enough? This book deserves an audience and you owe it to yourself to read it.

    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    A compelling story of gender and identity

    J isn't your typical guy, uh, girl, uh... J is ever-changing; with J, you don't always quite know who- or what- you're going to get. With an identity that changes weekly, a bit of a self-destructive streak that promises trouble time and time again, a good friend who's trying hard to stay above water herself, and a neighbor who may need more help than J can give, life is never boring. Sometimes identity is not clearly defined by labels. And sometimes, just sometimes, it takes an objective bystander and a life-changing revelation to give the push needed to redefine an identity... perhaps by not defining it at all. In this work of literary fiction, Thea Atkinson takes on the frequently misunderstood and often confusing world of transgenderism. J was born with genitalia that just doesn't always seem to match who he feels he is inside. "Anomaly" explores J's struggle to define himself to others, and, more importantly, to define himself to himself. Struggling to make others understand him, yet not even completely understanding himself, J is doomed to forever be an outsider in his own body. The author does a good job in helping to open up the door to explore what it may feel like to be given a body that just doesn't seem to fit who you are. J's story may not be completely relatable to many people, but his/her struggle with identity was riveting not matter what your experience. Although the tumultuous struggle J had with his own relationship to himself was clearly defined, at times I felt it still lacked a bit of depth. It was well-described, and I was drawn in, but I didn't quite get all the way to actually feeling what he was experiencing. I felt like I was exploring an interesting case that certainly did pluck at my heart strings, but I was still the outsider to his experience. The characters were generally richly developed and interesting. We are made to understand the closeness of J's relationship with Molly, but I wanted just that touch more. We know how they met, but how did their relationship become a little less of a friendship and a little more symbiotic? How did they become more than "just friends?" I think the ending could be easily expanded a bit as well. J experiences several intense events in a short time span, and I wanted to see a little more about how those events collided in J's brain, and his mental processing as a result. I thought the story was really well-done, overall, but I think a little more fleshing out in those areas would have made it exceptional. This is another book that could use that final editing pass to wipe out those last few errors (your and you're were interchanged several times, for example), but that was definitely secondary to the compelling prose that was used to tell J's tale. Very readable and thought-provoking, this book delves into an area not often approached in literature, and does it very nicely. As J comes to terms with himself, the reader may also find that identity cannot always be neatly labeled and packaged. Sometimes, a man isn't just a man. A recommended read. @ MotherLode blog

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