Torea Frey

Editor, writer, photographer, observer on the street.

The Panopticon, Jenni Fagan

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Again, I come back to the subject of kindness, in a book where kindnesses are few and far between for the residents of a home for juvenile offenders: 

Hayley was quiet, and kind. Kindness is the most underrated quality on the planet. I feel hollow just now. Hollow where a heart should be. Like when you know someone loves you, but you urnay good enough---that it will go. That you'll make it go, it's only a matter of time.

It took some time to get used to the patter (umnay, dinnae, urnay, tae, and so on), but once I did, it was hard to put The Panopticon down. Anais, Fagan's protagonist, called to mind the anti-heroines of Vanessa Veselka's Zazen and Lidia Yuknavitch's Dora, good company for dark times.