natural reluctance

SUDDENLY
by Bonnie Burnard

The subject matter of Bonnie Burnard’s new novel—a woman in the palliative stages of death from cancer—does not, at first shake, seem like a sure-fire crowd pleaser. Anyone who’s spent time at the bedside of the terminally ill might feel a natural reluctance at the thought of being dragged through a minor variation on that anguish once again. And the book’s title, Suddenly, with its melodramatic hint of implied ellipses, doesn’t help matters either. Read more…