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Mary: An Awakening of Terror

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Mary realizes this is the perfect time to escape New York after being fired from her job, but quickly notices that she has bigger issues at hand. Mary starts to see entities around her—mutilated and graphic, these entities are trying to speak to her. He has won the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for a one-man show about H. I relate to or at least respect everything Cassidy brought to the table about how hard and unfair it is to be a woman and an aging woman at that. This book has been on my TBR for months—c’mon, once you see this cover, it’s impossible to not be intrigued, right?

It was a wild ride from start to finish, with some of the most vivid characters I’d read in a long time. You can watch him battle giant mutant cockroaches and twentysomething malaise in the horror-comedy film "They Will Outlive Us All," available for streaming on this very site. So I ran to NetGalley and grabbed the titles I wanted that way, which works out just as well (and far more compact in terms of storage, really). I did like that Mary who is going through peri-menopausal incidents right now is dealing with trying to tamper he rage down. I find Nat Cassidy's writing to be extremely engaging, boasting a consistent level of hysterical energy, and at times morbidly sarcastic; which softens the overly generous page count that can probably use some further trimming.Also, he clearly has a lot of love for “Carrie”, as in his author’s note he explains that Mary is a reimagining of a woman like Carrie who does make it past the night of Prom, and what that would look like. Not because its about a woman going through peri-menopause, but because of its insight in to the female condition.

I’m a little reluctant to give a concrete number as to the amount of ARCs I got at ALA Annual in June, as the number is staggering and a little out of control. Our main character Mary Mudgett is a middle aged woman who feels invisible, who is experiencing perimenopause, and who is pretty alone in the world.That probably sounds worst than it should, I didn't hate my time with the book I was just mildly bored, the writing wasn't bad but I didn't feel engaged or invested in anything happening. What you need to know: Mary's body has been going through some changes, she believes this is due to being perimenopausal. In the split second before I react, I see the impression of eyes, of a mouth, the dented wetness of the gory fabric. Occasionally I would look down to see how much time I had left to read and would be shocked that I still had so much more to go.

It's a good time for Mary to leave New York since she just got fired, and found out her rent is going to be so high she won't be able to afford it. My final recommendation: This is an original, quirky, fun book that no two readers will experience quite the same. It’s very interesting to imagine the story taking that form—it feels so perfectly suited to being a novel. There, the perimenopausal symptoms get even worse, she's haunted by murdered women and her own past. I also thought that a lot of the aspects he explored in this book in terms of plots, from reincarnation to small town secrets to body horror were all very well done, and came together in unique ways that really got his story across.

or 5 star is that this book is too long and certain issues were drawn out to the point of feeling tedious. As a playwright, Nat is known as "one of New York City's rising playwrights, with numerous productions and awards, critical acclaim, and a reputation for producing intelligent, bold, darkly comic plays with one foot in horror and the other in literary allusion" (Usher Nonsense). With the titular Mary being an unremarkable woman in her late 40s, there's a constant compare and contrast between society's lack of expectation and desire for unmarried women in that age, and her gradual control and understanding over her supernatural power. Without giving spoilers, this novel has some elements that would be challenging to pull off for many narrators, and Susan Bennett reads it beautifully. NAT CASSIDY has been an off-off-Broadway playwright of speculative works that have been well-received by drama critics.

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