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A man becomes sensitive about things that play a major part in his life. It's no surprise, then, that I'm hyper-aware of how people who use wheelchairs are perceived in this world.
Ghost Lights is good, character-driven literary fiction, and so I was surprised at the perceptive treatment of a character who uses a wheelchair, and too, how those who love her are sketched out.
Millet is a gifted writer, often dropping droll and sardonic throw-away lines of surprisingly insightful humor. The narrative moves smartly, and the dialogue is believable, as is Hal’s existential internal monologue. Flailing about attempting to find T, Hal becomes a sympathetic protagonist. While Susan is not deeply imagined, Millet’s narrative of Hal breaking free of an emotional cage is strikingly well done. Millet also deserves recognition for her perceptive treatment of Casey’s disability and how it resonates in the family and in the world.
Literary fiction with a deep vein of wry social commentary.