Maybe I'll Call Anna

William Browning Spencer, Author
William Browning Spencer, Author Permanent Press (NY) $22 (276p) ISBN 978-0-932966-99-5
Reviewed on: 03/31/1990
Release date: 04/01/1990
Spencer's discerning first novel draws the reader into a whirlpool of mad romantic obsession that spans 20 years. Aspiring artist David Livingston, moonlighting as a hospital orderly, is immediately captivated by self-destructive Anna Shockley, whom he encounters in the emergency room where she has been taken after a typical 1960s drug overdose. He takes up residence in Anna's boarding house as a frustrated observer of her violent relationship with a drug-dealing boyfriend, and eventually becomes her lover. But Anna's grasp of reality is consistently shaky, and she sees psychiatrist Richard Parrish while David does a very brief stint in the Army. Her fatal femininity affects Parrish much as it did David, creating a triangular relationship whose drama comes to a head in 1986. The author's vigorous use of language and strong characterizations contribute to an intriguing story. (Apr.)
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