Thursday, July 20, 2006
To Feel Stuff by Andrea Seigel
This is a long awaited novel by the author of Like the Red Panda, which is one that my students have been passing around for the last few years. This time, Siegel's main character, Elodie, is a permanent resident at the Brown University infirmary. Her chronic illnesses range from chicken pox to tuberculosis, but all seem forerunners to her special powers which develop throughout the course of the novel. Told in three voices - Elodie's, her doctor's and her fellow inmate/lover Chess Hunter's - the book is a fun read but not as generally appealling as Like the Red Panda.