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Review for Larissa Shmailo's Patient Women


Sitting down to write my review for Patient Women I hear a siren go by and I think that its a prophetic sign that can sometimes happen when you begin to do a review such as this. Even you're surrounding have connected to the book. Patient Women is about a woman named Nora who suffered extraordinary changes in her life. As you read through this book you might think you are reading a modern telling of Charles Dickens with his mise-en-scene being the boroughs of London but you'd be wrong.

At the age of thirteen, Nora runs away from home, loses her virginity, and receives advice that saves her life from a Hell's Angel's biker. Nora's pattern behavior of running establishes itself. She has a troubled home life with all the makings there for her and her sister's, Olga, eventual committal into a psychiatric ward. While Nora is dealing with her own demons, Olga it turns out will only take her medication from Nora placing even more stress on her.

While Nora is committed she meets a patient named Lenore who informs her that she has interests in "things". This sparks something in Nora that carries her through the rest of the book. Even though her grandfather was, "Shot by the order of Stalin, or her father was shot in occupied Ukraine while trying to escape through a cornfield from a German patrol." 

This is a American tragedy, pure and simple. A story of disconnection, a story of loss, a story of finding your way and losing it and finding it again. It's a story of love. 


Review by Chris Mansel

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