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In a Heady New Novel, a Sensitive Psychiatrist Observes the Art of the Mind

The Other Side of You by Salley Vickers

Reviewed by Michael Dirda
Washington Post Book World

"In Salley Vickers's earlier novel about love and loss, Instances of the Number 3, she wrote: 'Some say this is what is meant by the law of karma, a stepping aside from a moment of possibility only to be forever haunted by its unrealised spectre.' That Henry Jamesian sense of a missed life — of what might have been — suffuses The Other Side of You and reminds us that Vickers is a novelist in the great English tradition of moral seriousness. Her characters suffer, they struggle to be true to both themselves and the promptings of the human heart, and they eventually accept that a quiet accommodation to one's lot may be the most that any of us can hope for. Yet sometimes, during even the most seemingly drab existence, a moment or a memory of real unclouded happiness may be unexpectedly snatched from the maw of time...." Read the entire Washington Post Book World review.

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  1. Instances of the Number 3 New Trade Paper $19.00

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