26 Abductions


Everything in our lives can be taken away, abducted, but the story of your life is how you deal with the loss. Using language and images traced from a turn-of-the-century medical textbook, Sonenberg’s book is innovative, poignant, and will take away everything about literature you thought you knew.

Lina was once a woman in one piece. Now, she is incised with the words her father, her husband, and her son cannot say—and with the words that replace their absences. Told in twenty-six portions, 26 Abductions offers no avenues of escape. Instead, Sonenberg catalogues the ways in which the body, like a language, attempts to hold the triple blows of childhood, motherhood, and marriage.

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