Author: Vincent Zandri
Publisher: Bear Media, 2 edition
About the book: Based upon Vincent Zandri's most anthologized Pushcart Prize-nominated short story of the same title, Permanence, is the "Hitchcockian" story of Mary Kismet, a travel agent and grieving mother of a toddler who suffered an apparent accidental drowning. Now, all alone in the world, she attempts to ease the pain of her suffering by immersing herself, body and soul, into a love affair with her psychiatrist, a man haunted by his own demons. A tragic novel of obsession, dark compulsions, and madness, Permanence transports the ill-fated lovers from New York to Venice, Italy, and back again.
My thoughts: I don't know where to start with this one. It is hard to say that I enjoyed something that was actually very tragic and dark, but I did. The story is told from Mary's POV, so we really get to see inside her troubled mind. She has not been able to get over the drowning of her toddler and only child, and the blame that she lays on herself. Her husband has left her because of it. She has left her travel agent job and only leaves her apartment to visit her psychiatrist. A man who has his own dark secrets and for whatever reason has stepped over the boundaries and entered into an affair with Mary. I am not sure which one of these people to feel more sorry for.
This novella kept me captivated, and as most novella's are, it was a quick read. Mary stayed with me for quite awhile after I finished it, as part of the ending took me by complete surprise. And what I found out at the end just added to the tragedy.
~I received a complimentary ecopy of Permanence from Partners in Crime blog tours in exchange for my review~
Publisher/Publication Date: Bear Media, May 2012 (2nd edition)