The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets- Kathleen Alcott

The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets

Kathleen Alcott

Other Press, Sep 11 2012, $14.95

www.otherpress.com

ISBN: 9781590515297

 

In California Ida grew up surrounded by two J’s, her neighbors the brothers Jackson and James.  The trio is very close to each other since they were infants as if she is their sister I to their J.  They do everything together even communicate silently as a family would and she encourages Jackson to sleep-chats with James while she listens. 

 

As an adult, Jackson struggles to sleep as the night frightens him.  His sleepwalking turns violent while James increasingly is turning insane.  I fears her idyllic family is falling apart and feels helpless as she realizes that there is nothing she can do to prevent the demise.

 

The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets is a fascinating but not easy to read drama that focuses on what a “family” is.  The three protagonists are fully developed characters with their interrelationships complex and convoluted but loving.  Readers who appreciate something different will enjoy the relational triangle of I, J, and J.

 

Harriet Klausner

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