Friday, February 14, 2014
J. Robert Lennon’s novel Familiar chronicles a woman’s reaction when the life she recalls suddenly and inexplicably deviates from the one she’s living.
It all happens during Elisa Brown’s annual visit to her son’s grave and like Franz Kafka’s Gregor Sama* or one of the castaways on ABC’s Lost, Elisa spends the rest of the novel trying to adapt. Elisa’s story focuses on choices and ramifications and raises fascinating questions about truth and consequences, perceptions and memory.
Fans of ambiguity and literary fiction will appreciate this unique novel which leaves itself open to lots of speculation and theorizing. I can’t wait to hear the theories about this story from other readers.
*Gregor Sampsa is transformed into an insect in the 1915 novel The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Literary critics are still debating the significance of Sampsa's ordeal and the term Kafkaesque was coined to describe events of a surreal and nightmarish nature.