Sorry I Was No Fun at the Circus: Devil Winds in the City of Angels

Deborah Giovanni Chastain. Santiago, $19.95 paper (400p) ISBN 978-0-615-62811-0
Chastain's memoir tells the tale of a woman who grapples with an abusive husband as well as the inexorable spread of cancer. When she is diagnosed, her husband continues his selfish mind games. As her chemotherapy treatment progresses, he announces his intention to divorce her, and she works to avoid the process server he has sent after her. Readers will be confused by the protagonist's murky motivations. And while the wife lacks a character arc, the husband is simply a caricature of the manipulative, abusive spouse. Chastain's prose is often flat, and readers will find it difficult to become invested in the book's characters or its plot.
Reviewed on: 04/22/2013
Release date: 08/01/2012
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