Depression struck me. It was the first time I had ever thought of killing myself. I wondered what the world would be like without me in it. I was sleeping most of the day. My friends even used them. Boys would ask me out on dates as a joke. The first few times I thought they were serious, until I heard them run back to their friends and laugh. The world is a cruel place, and I wanted out.
With my senior year of high school, the depression had passed. I was happy again, excited for college, and ready to pursue my degree in nursing. My spring semester was a different story. My depression came back with a vengeance. I loathed myself. I began self-harming. It was a way to punish myself for not being the daughter my parents deserved to have and not being the friend my friends deserved. I was ashamed of myself and of my body.
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I made multiple plans to kill myself as I would lay in bed, unable to get myself up and ready for class. I was able to make it to some of my classes, but not nearly as often as I needed to be. I would be berated by my professors about my tardiness and absences, leading to more self-harm.
I began seeing a social worker in the area as a form of therapy, as well as seeing a counselor at school. Neither helped much and none of the antidepressants they put me on were working. I was desperate. My family talked about taking me to the hospital. Those were the longest four days of my life. While I was in the hospital, I would spend a lot of time in the lounge, keeping to myself.
There were two lounges, and I decided to use the less crowded one for a change. A man a few years older than me—I was eighteen at the time—sat next to me and began a conversation. Then he touched my thigh. Whenever I see two big powerhouse comic-book fighters, super stylized with either humongous muscles or humongous hair, I instantly speculate about their power levels, how long their fight would take and who would prevail.
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But then, something unexpected begins to happen. The ensuing fight could be ultra violent, a bloodbath of epic proportions, but if it drags on long enough, I start filtering out the ultraviolence and thinking about everything else. Do these two fighters have families? What are their likes and dislikes? What are their hopes and dreams? For that, we can blame the Cartoon Network, Viz Media or whatever homebrew subtitler happened to be shipping us Dragon Ball tapes. Two decades ago, many of us sat glued to the television or unable to put down the manga we were reading, caught up in the story of Son Goku as he progressed from beating up a strong bad guy to beating up an even stronger bad guy.
Although big fight stories have been around since forever, this was something new: a comic story that spread across 8, pages of manga and hundreds of TV episodes as creator Akira Toriyama slowly wound his way to a conclusion. The battles were impossibly protracted, but also oddly comforting. You could go months without reading the manga or watching the anime, only to return to it and find everything in a kind of status quo ante.
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In these short stand-alone stories, Millet refers often to real estate. Like bricks, one by one the book builds into the story of how our best families are often the ones we make. The audiobook performer is excellent. Interconnected short stories that I couldn't stop reading.
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Finished the book in two days. Some are gut punching but all are amazing. Moved to read other books by this author. What a talent!
I don't know how I became aware of this book, but I didn't love it. It started off whimsical and funny, engaging. But the story which is told through a series of characters who are connected to the protagonist, a SoCal realtor was just kind of fluffy and not very interesting.
It ended abruptly and without much effect. It's short but I still think it's worth skipping. Jul 15, R. Read the first two short stories - OK, not terrible, passed the time. I imagine there will be a big audience for this collection, namely that sweet spot where "housewives" and "real estate agents" meets on the Venn, so I don't feel bad giving up: this book will be read by many others, I'm sure, and passed around the office and Sheila will all order us a copy on her Amazon Prime for the next book club.
I bounced around the remainder of the book, was disappointed to see a Mercedes SUV described as a "gas-guzzler". There was another chapter about vampires but unreal undead: the mocked guest on a Geraldoesque TV talkshow variety. It was OK, but I read it quick, without savoring. Page has a great prose-poem about how Rocky Horror Picture Show fans eventually grow up: "Back then they went to watch a film about transvestite aliens, humanoid scientists in drag who made beautiful Frankenstein monsters Later they turned into She's got it sitting there on the coffee table with a bookmark sticking out to let you know, full well, she's reading it and, hell or highwater, she'll be done by next Tuesday.
View 2 comments. Exactly what I want in connected stories. One of these was so creepy! Great writing, I will definitely read her again. Not so much a short story collection but a novel with a different character narrating each chapter. Lydia Millet is a master of controlling the reader's emotions throughout, and you'll find empathy in places you'd never expect. I just love Lydia Millet. That's all. She can do no wrong for me.
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Publication date: June 12, Writing: 4 Plot: 4 Character: 4 A set of 13 interlocking stories about individuals loosely coupled through L. A wide variety of topics - a depressed musician in a pool, a house whose owner swears little men have moved in to do all the work, a phone sex worker who lands a gig as a nanny, surprising new loves, an old woman giving up her home - each story is a told from the perspective of a single person reflecting on some aspect of their Publication date: June 12, Writing: 4 Plot: 4 Character: 4 A set of 13 interlocking stories about individuals loosely coupled through L.
A wide variety of topics - a depressed musician in a pool, a house whose owner swears little men have moved in to do all the work, a phone sex worker who lands a gig as a nanny, surprising new loves, an old woman giving up her home - each story is a told from the perspective of a single person reflecting on some aspect of their life. I found the women to be written with more depth and perception than the men.
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The men are either scumbags or saints plus one teenage boy trying to choose between the two. For me the collection got better as it went on - the first few stories were OK but by the time I got to the 4th or 5th story I was hooked and they just kept getting better and better. The last story was my favorite. These are intimate portraits of individuals of all ages and backgrounds, and while not a novel with a clear narrative arc, characters do continually brush up against each other, sometimes with impact and sometimes not.
A clear reminder that while each person is the center of their own story, those near by are busily starring in their own. Great for fans of Ellen Gilchrist A set of stories which like many good stories, devastate you. After the first two, I pined at the thought that I desperately wanted to know what would happen in the characters lives. Delightedly, we find out. But for every sweet joy, a gut-punch.
Satisfying collection. Excellent story collection.
nabewicuhyfi.tk My favorite of Millet's work to date. View all 5 comments. Is there a more relatable device, a more oft-trodden path in literature — and music, and movies, and, well, everything — than that of home? Home is, as they say, where the heart is, even for those whom are heartless. More on that later.
At the center of Fight No More is Nina, a real-estate agent representing - or in some way connected to - a hodgepodge of Los Angelinos of varying wealth and eccentricities. Connections such as these are the norm throughout Fight No More, making it an altogether invigorating reading experience. I often found myself going back to refresh my memory of who was who, or see if there were any details about the characters I may have looked over the first time around. Because each of them are searching for what they consider home.