THE CHRONICLE OF ERIC NEUHOFF – Virginia Reeves recounts in her second novel the life of a couple who are slowly crumbling. Filled with tenderness, built on an alternation of points of view, the story expresses the arbitrariness of life, and the consequences of little things.
Hospital silence. In Boulder (Colorado), patients hardly respect the instructions. They have excuses: most are delayed. They scream, stir. Doctor Edmund Malinowski looks at them with compassion. This 36-year-old behavioral psychiatrist dreams of transforming his specialty. He should already know how to take care of his wife, the sweet, the patient Laura, who has agreed to leave Montana, who wants to be a painter and who works in secret in a clothing store.
Ed has the unfortunate idea of taking a little too close interest in Penelope, a 16-year-old epileptic. Flirting with her is part of the therapy. The game is dangerous. He makes Laura jealous like anything. As a result, she does not tell her husband that she is pregnant, which does not prevent her from drinking or smoking.
The part of chance
Virginia Reeves’ second novel goes behind the scenes of a couple, lifting sails one by one. The book goes from 1971 to 1981. The passages concerning Laura are in the first person, those
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