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Q&A | February 27, 2014

Rene Denfeld: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Rene Denfeld

Describe your latest book. The Enchanted is a story narrated by a man on death row. The novel was inspired by my work as a death penalty... Continue »
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    The Enchanted

    Rene Denfeld 9780062285508


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The Condition by Jennifer Haigh
The Condition

Sheldon, July 25, 2009

I found this to be a compelling read. The story had many layers, many ways to see the events of a pivotal time in the characters' lives.
I am somewhat surprised to see that reviewers have seized on the "political correctness" of Gwen, the bearer of "The Condition", Turner's Syndrome. Must all fictional characters, particularly those afflicted with a rare syndrome, be idealized?

While I was disappointed in the ending, where no loose threads remained- another form of idealization- I found the characters to be three dimensional. The plot threads were deftly woven and the descriptive writing at times lyrical.

As a former Massachusetts resident and Harvard graduate student, I found the depiction of blue-blooded attitudes and high pressure academia to be true to life as well.
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