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Mary: An Awakening of Terror

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Mary is honestly not an interesting character, and I think we were supposed to root for her, similar to Carrie, but the whole book had me going what is going on now. There, the perimenopausal symptoms get even worse, she's haunted by murdered women and her own past. I was this close to making this one of my favorite books ever, however the last 100 pages just faded. There are some doctor scenes in this book in which Mary’s problems get repeatedly dismissed as menopause and these scenes are especially significant, many women of any age will recognize this kind of dismissal of symptoms as either period or eating problems. Well, for once, I realized that although I don't yet face the same crises Mary has to weather in her life, I am surrounded by many Mary's - women who are forgotten, overlooked, ignored, belittled as they get older.

Also, major props to him for addressing his choice to give a middle aged woman a voice when he himself is a younger cishet man, and how he tried his best to be authentic in her voice and experiences. I am a perimenopausal middle aged woman after all so I felt Mary was like a kindred spirit of sorts. I think it would have been better to break up the book a bit to just give us another POV besides the sheriff at the very beginning of the book. Along with the hot flashes and body aches, she can't look in a mirror without passing out, and the voices in her head have been urging her to do unspeakable things.She’s ignored at work, she’s single and has no prospects, and people tend treat her like she’s invisible.

This scene of her skipping naked down the hallway and singing full of life that same song only now it has a WHOLE new and beautiful meaning. I find Nat Cassidy's writing to be extremely engaging, boasting a consistent level of hysterical energy, and at times morbidly sarcastic; which softens the overly generous page count that can probably use some further trimming. In Arroyo, not only does she tackle her aunt who does nothing but tantalize her instead of helping but also a desert town full of religious freaks and a mysterious history involving a serial killer.G." (TBS), "The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show" (Netflix), as well as on stages Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and across the country. I did like that Mary who is going through peri-menopausal incidents right now is dealing with trying to tamper he rage down.

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