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During her long death march, she meets many interesting ...
During her long death march, she meets many interesting characters and learns quite well the many skills of how to live among the homeless comfortably. The end of her destination is beautiful Siesta Key Beach where she will finally end the suffering of her existence with her precious bottle of anti-freeze.
The only question that remains is whether or not she'll be able to go through with it among the tropical breeze and the faces of her loved ones stamped on her mind.
Posted March 22, 2012
The journey of a woman bent on suicide surely can’t be as absorbing as this. But Melanie S. Pronia’s novel Descent is wholly believable, deeply evocative, and almost impossible to put down. I had to keep reading just as surely as broken Dana had to keep walking to her final appointment. And the author, with perfect timing, adds new plot twists and insights like lamps to light my way.
Dana believes she has a contagious illness. Afraid to damage the people she loves, she plans carefully how and when to walk out on her husband and children. She chooses the way to end her life and sets off one dark night, fiercely determined to succeed.
A long road takes Dana to some strange and always plausible decisions—how do the homeless find food or find places to sleep? Meetings with with fellow walkers on the roads add insight and interest. Meanwhile her husband, mother and daughters struggle to move on.
Dana’s story is told with heartbreaking clarity in first person, while the travails of her family play out in the background. The mix of first and third person writing works perfectly. Occasional typos are quickly forgotten. Powerful storytelling and deeply believable characters take center stage. And the journey continues, filled with Will’s efforts to mend himself and Dana’s simply to end.
Dana’s sickness is real and this story takes readers straight into the mind of a broken woman, and out the other side. I’m glad the author wouldn’t let me go. I’m glad she made me trust her enough to read to the final page. And I feel as if I’ve almost managed to travel in someone else’s shoes as I’ve followed Dana’s road. Thank you Melanie S. Pronia.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to find a free ecopy of this novel.
Posted February 29, 2012
This book was outstanding from the beginning! It kept my attention from the very first page. As I continued through, I fell in love with the characters and was sorry when I had finished the book, because then you have to put the characters to rest. A great journey you go on with Dana, who is the main character and what she goes through with her diseased mind. What and emotional roller coaster! Loved it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2012
Descent, was such a good novel, that once I started reading it, I was unable to put it down! You really feel like you are in the main characters head. The description and depth is amazing. If you like the Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, you will love Descent!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.