Written by a physician who, like the heroine, is a woman, Dirty Work features a young obstetrician on probation because one of her patient, for whom she was performing an abortion, is in a coma because of an error on her part. The story unfolds as she awaits the decision of the hospital board that will decide whether her license will be revoked.
I thought the anguish of the heroine was beautifully rendered, and I also liked how her ruminations explored the difficulties of being an abortion provider in a profession that deifies saving lives. Warning: the surgery scenes are graphic.
A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing won many prizes, so clearly I missed the point. The problem I had was that I could not read the book. check this out, “Where’s Daddy? Gone. Whiy’s that? Just is. And yelp she at the strength growing to your tips. Poke belly of baby that’s kicking me. Full in myself. Bustling hatchery.”
Yeah, it’s painful. And it means I did not push to the end of the book, as I usually do. Perhaps a more determined reader will uncover beauty I did not.
Rainey Royal is a manipulative twit and a self-obsessed pain in the butt. Sadly, she also lives in a chaotic household, her mother absconded, her father’s best friend is abusing her, and her father seems more interested in his own varied and abundant sex life — so we should feel sorry for her. But she’s just not that interesting.