Losing You (Patricia Debney)
Patricia was one of my seminar leaders during my time at university. Like I did with a lot of my writing-teachers who were published, I picked up some of her work- I started reading this back then, but a series of events occured with precluded my reading more than a few pages and never getting around to it until now, so this is my first new book of the year!
Patricia Debney is a prose-poet primarily; this is a novel, but there is a lyricism to her writing style which shows clearly her basis in poetry. Each word is chosen and placed- weighted and purposeful.
The novel is perhaps more of a novella; it’s short, short enough to be read in a single long sitting, which is no bad thing; I think it was Poe, maybe? who said that was the length stories should be, so you get to see it all in one go. Anyway. This one left me with a lot of unanswered questions. It felt a little like a character study of the two women. I was left wondering what words were lies, which were delusions and where, exactly, the truth lay.
Worth a read if you can pick it up, most definitely.