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Claires Head Catherine Bush

Claires Head

Catherine Bush

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ISBN : 9780771017520
Hardcover
336 pages
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If youve ever endured the relentless pounding of a migraine headache, Claires Head is a novel that will either offer temporary solace or plunge you deeper into an awareness of your pain. The hero of Catherine Bushs probing third novel is theMoreIf youve ever endured the relentless pounding of a migraine headache, Claires Head is a novel that will either offer temporary solace or plunge you deeper into an awareness of your pain. The hero of Catherine Bushs probing third novel is the youngest of three sisters, two of whom are second-generation migraine sufferers. A childhood of dark bedrooms and an ever-increasing number of food and air-quality restrictions have made Claire cautious and fastidious. This mild-mannered Toronto cartographer cannot enter a room without mentally mapping its dimensions and keeps putting off telling her boyfriend that she doesnt want a baby. When she receives an unexpected phone call, however, asking about the whereabouts of her eldest sister Rachel, Claire suddenly finds herself on a risky journey of emotional and spiritual self-discovery. Strong-willed, passionate, and unpredictable, Rachel has always refused to give into her own headaches. A freelance medical journalist based in New York City, she dared to have a child on her own (though she eventually gave her to the care of her middle sister, Allison), and she has experimented with every migraine cure imaginable--no matter how dangerous or off the wall. As Claire follows Rachels rapidly vanishing trail--from a New Age healer in Amsterdam to Las Vegass nightmare Strip--she gradually comes to a new understanding of her own headaches. By concentrating simply on her pains constraints, as she always has, she would lose sight of what it had given her, lose sight of part of herself. Like Bushs two previous novels, Minus Time> and The Rules of Engagement, Claires Head is smart, sophisticated, and very polished. The problem is that Claires head is not nearly as interesting as that of her missing sister. This becomes most evident in the section devoted to Rachels last diary entries. While Rachels rage and desperation explode off the page, Claires muted reflections and endless cataloguing of insignificant detail bog down the otherwise quick pacing of the novel. --Lisa Alward