"Somber and absorbing" (Interview), the new novel by the author of I Smile Back, now a feature film starring Sarah Silverman.The acclaimed author of I Smile Back, Amy Koppelman is a novelist of astonishing power, with a sly, dark voice, at once fearless and poetic. In Koppelman’s new novel, Dr. Susanna Seliger is a renowned psychiatrist who specializes in treatment-resistant depression. The most difficult cases come through her door, and Susa is always ready to discuss treatment options, medication, and symptom management but draws the line at engaging with feelings. A strict adherence to protocol keeps her from falling apart.But her past is made present by one patient, Jim, whose struggles tear open Susa’s hastily stitched up wounds, revealing her latent feeling that she could have helped the people closest to her, especially her adored, cool, talented graffiti-artist brother. Spectacularly original, gorgeously unsettling, HESITATION WOUNDS is a novel that will sink deep and remainlike a persistent scar or a dangerous glow-in-the-dark memory.
|Publisher:||The Overlook Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Amy Koppelman is a graduate of Columbia's MFA program. Her writing has appeared in The New York Observer and Lilith. She lives in New York City with her husband, Brian Koppelman, and their two children. Her previous novels are A Mouthful of Air and I Smile Back, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and starred Sarah Silverman.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Hesitation Wounds is an unusual, and quite honestly difficult book to read. It follows the life of Dr. Susanna Selger, a psychiatrist, who looks after patients that are suffering from severe, and treatment-resistant, depression. When Susa meets one of her patients, Jim, there seems to be some kind of connection between the two of them, which brings on Susa having flashbacks, especially of her older brother Dan, who committed suicide many years before. The story is told in both the here and now, and in the past, as Susa deals with her everyday life and her patients in the present, and has many a conversation with her dead brother in the past. Sometimes the two do seem to intertwine and I did have to look back over a few paragraphs to work out whether I was in the present, or in the past, but this didn’t take anything away from the book. The story is an emotional one and requires your full attention, but Amy’s style of writing and her true to life knowledge of depression make the story authentic and a pleasure to read. You can tell that Amy has certainly done her research into the condition. If you are looking for something a little out of your comfort zone, I would highly recommend ‘Hesitation Wounds’, just remember the tissues.
Dr. Susanna Seliger, takes readers through her accomplished life. She is a successful doctor with a complete life; yet, a deep sadness in her life. We share her memories as a young innocent little girl as she is writing to her brother, whom she loves more than anyone, even now, several years after his childhood death. Suze takes readers along an emotional journey; we go in and out of relationships, experience several more losses, and finally, celebrate the ultimate gift she gives herself, complete happiness. All I can say without spoiling it, it this story ends in the most unexpected way, yet it’s perfect. This was an easy read. Unfortunately, I found it a bit wordy; several section and dialogs didn’t contribute to the story. With that said, I still enjoyed the book and feel it warrants a rating of 4 Boundless stars....Beth
This was the first book I'd read by author Amy Koppelman and I was mesmerized by the very first page. Amy writes in a poetic way that is addicting and beautiful to read. There are a number of stories entangled within this book, each with it's own gripping content. The characters are real and have amazing development throughout the story. The world has more mental illness than it needs and to read a book where you're in the mind of a women who deals with not only mental illnesses for her job, but has suffered the boomerang effect that it sometimes has on ones family with a sufferer of depression. How amazing to read her thoughts and memories on a subject that Dr. Susa (the main character) has tried to hide for so many years. If you're a sufferer of depression or have had a suicide of someone close to you this book is a book you will relate too. You get to see the side of depression that so many people choose not to reveal because it's so difficult. This book has lingered with me since I read it. It's a book you definitely don't want to miss by an author who is very much on her way to the top. This book would be great for book groups, suicide awareness groups, mental illness advocacy groups and reading groups of all kinds. I will definitely read anything Miss Amy Koppelman writes, from here on out.
Dr. Susanna "Susa" Seliger is a highly respected psychiatrist who takes on some of the most difficult cases. But what most people don’t know is Susa still struggles with the death of her brother. While working with one patient, Jim, the memories of Daniel’s tragic death are brought back to Susa and she knows it’s time to sort them out. Susa has learned over the years that the people she loves always leave, either by death or the end of a relationship. She also struggles with the feeling that something is missing in her life. When she finally realizes what is missing, the pieces start coming together. This book is a roller coaster of emotions. My heart went out to Susa and all she had endured during her life. She works hard trying to help other people while her own memories haunt her. The story felt very true to life. At first I didn't know what to make of the writing style as it is different from what I am used to, but I caught on quickly. This book is incredibly thought provoking and will stay with you for a long time.