My Review of Mary Akers magnificent collection ‘Bones of an Inland Sea.’ One of those ‘I wish I could do that’ books.
Bones of an Inland Sea
by Mary Akers
Press 53, 2013
Reviewed by Cherry Potts
“Looking back, he sees it now. Twirling was Dani’s escape, and Rosie a twirler, too, with him. Twins, they twirled together. Two as one, coltish, early…Holding hands to spin together, faster, faster. Tandem spinning. Spinning till your hands broke apart and you staggered around, drunk with the swirl in your ears.“
This is a cracking collection, by turns lyrical, gritty, warm, funny, frightening and eccentric. Mary Akers‘ imagination is given full flight, from a historical story with just the suggestion of a ghost (The House of Refuge), through to a devastated future world of plagues and cults (Waste Island), by way of marital infidelity (Bones of an Inland Sea), murder (Viewing Medusa) and sex change (What Lies Beneath). Through it all flows the…
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