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Newly sober alcoholic Jaxsie Duerile weaves sordid tales of drug abuse, sexual encounters, and a tortured family history in her sessions with buttoned-down psychologist John Willow. With each session, Willow becomes more obsessed with the bright, beautiful, broken, and, ultimately, maddening Jaxsie.

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About Neil Hetzner

Neil (aka C.N.) Hetzner is married, has two children, and lives a mile from the edge of the continent in Rhode Island. Since his inauspicious birth in Indiana in 1948 he has worked as a cook, millwright, newspaper columnist, business professor, vacuumist, printer’s assistant, landscaper, railroader, caterer, factory worker, consulting editor, and, currently, real estate agent.

In addition to working, which he likes a lot, and writing, which he likes even more, he enjoys reading, weaving, cooking, and intrepidly screwing up house repairs.

His writing runs the gamut from young adult futurism to stories about the intricacies of families; however, if there is a theme that links his writing, it is the complicated and miraculous mathematics of mercy.

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Bernard Fancher reviewed on on Feb. 17, 2013

A very intense, yet extremely engaging read. I enjoyed the interior monologues wherein Dr. Willow remembers the experiences of his younger self. The parallels with Jaxsie Duerile's exploration of her own past are not only interesting but every bit as explicative as hers. I especially enjoyed the part begining, "She was so unlike him. Her experiences were so different from his own. Yet, for all the apparent differences there was something, a very disquieting something, that linked them." The long discourse on the family clambake that follows is as good a piece of writing as I've ever encountered.
This is an excellent novel, and except for the few minor errors in editing, it would be exceptional, deserving six stars. Yet even as it is, five stars seems at least one half star too few.
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Liliane Menard reviewed on on June 27, 2012

Pretty intense read. Loved reading from the perspective of a flawed man who happens to be a therapist. The inner dialogue you have to fight the compulsion is very realistic. Now I want to know what happens to Jaxsie....
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