An Invisible Sign of My Own
The Fine Art of Quitting
The novel works best when Bender shakes free of the need to assign everything nicely into chapters, instead devoting pages to depicting Mona as she worries about death, stares at the slanted parallelograms of her alarm clock's digital display or, at the very end, creates a heartbreaking fairy tale to comfort one of her students.
In these moments, her writing becomes translucent, reminding us that she's the rare writer who, no matter how far beyond plausible a situation is, reveals her own pain and heart in describing it. In "An Invisible Sign of My Own," Bender's main character must hold all that warped twitchery within the structured confines of a novel -- a difficult task that Bender accomplishes nicely, though you wish, in a way, she didn't feel she had to.
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