The walk to the paradise garden
An entertaining, funny yet powerful novel about a dysfunctional New York family forced to grapple with a profound question: do they dare take part in a decision involving the death of a loved one?
Russell, the only son of Jacob and Beryl, becomes painfully aware, as he grows from childhood to adolescence, of his mother’s intellectual failings and his father’s need to control everyone around him. He makes his escape into a relationship with a beautiful young English girl. Their bliss is not to be. Jacob suffers a stroke, is paralysed and confined to a wheelchair. His life is unbearable and he begs Russell to help him end it. His son refuses but there is worse to come. Jacob tries to kill himself by a series of increasingly bizarre and desperate methods and Russell is forced to consider a move that could destroy his own life.
This gripping novel deals with all the ramifications of euthanasia and how it impacts on a family, no matter what choices they make. Its theme is increasingly topical and although the book is suffused with comedy, it is both disturbing and uplifting.
A REVIEW OR TWO
“It’s funny, touching, and ultimately both upsetting and moving. I was engrossed from start to finish.”
“This is not just a funny picture of a New York family. Nor is it just a serious book about assisted suicide. Because it is both, it is an enjoyable, indeed engrossing, read.”
-Brian Clark Comments on The Savage Place
“A good novelist …with the eyes of an accurate, sensitive photographer and the ear of a poet.”
“A first novel of raw intensity and disturbing psychological impact.”
“An unusual book. The bed of love is ‘The Savage Place’ where men and women meet in punishing antagonism…will be of interest to anyone who studies the patterns and attitudes of our contemporary culture.”
-N.Y. Herald Tribune Book Review