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5.0 out of 5 stars Fractured and Flawed Families, 16 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Notes from an Exhibition (Paperback)
My first Gale book. I always pick up and read the first page or two of a book or an author I don't know. After my little test, I knew I would settle down with this book and allow it to take me where it wanted.

I recognised many of the traits and behaviours of people I have known over the years. What I wasn't expecting was the depth and breadth of Gale's empathetic drawing of his characters. I have known manic depressives and watched helplessly while they self destruct. I have known artists and watched their phases of creativity and frustration. And I have had children of my own.

Gale strikes a terrific balance of story development and characterization that swept me along with amusement, pain and fear. He writes with an inner appreciation of the odd parts of us that are often never articulated to anyone but at times play havoc with us. The half thoughts, the interruption by life in the middle of partly coalescing awareness and the self absorption that we all experience is told with an acuity not often found.

I suspect that this book would resonate more with women than most men. I could be wrong and I am not being sexist. Gale has a recognizable touch that I found wonderful.

Notes on an Exhibition is one of the most emotionally satisfying reads I have enjoyed for a long time. I will find more by this author.
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