Paperback: 402 pages
Publisher: Dark Swan Press (December 11, 2009)
Review Copy: Author
What I Thought:
This was an enjoyable read for me! There was a psychological tone to the book which really tied everything going on together. Once you meet "FB" in the book you really start to see how other people affect you in ways that you wouldn't think.
I enjoyed Sophie's character for the most part. At first, I kept wondering why heck she didn't stand up for herself! There were a few characters that I totally despised through the entire book. But...these characters are what make a story interesting. *shrug*
All in all, I was happy with the way the story turned out and delighted in watching the main character grow. I liked the message of the book also as I think it's an important one for all of us. Standing up for yourself and realizing that yes, you are important and in charge of your life.
About The Book:
Sophie Hegel is a shy New York lawyer who hails from small-town Florence Arizona, known not for the Renaissance but for housing a large prison. She's just graduated from Yale Law School and landed her first job when, one evening, during dinner with her fiancé, she feels a fist-like ball form at the base of her throat. A form of the psychological condition Globus Sensate, this "fist-ball" wreaks havoc on her life, causing her difficulty eating, speaking, and eventually even breathing. With a cast of characters that includes a pornographer father, a sister with a knack for getting knocked up by denizens of the town pen, a painter of male nudes, an eccentric Sing Sing-residing client, a tough-talking fashion maven and a bevy of privileged Manhattan lawyers and judges, Swallow is a dark comedy about the distance that can separate fathers and daughters, and about a young woman's struggle to survive in a world of pedigreed professionals for which she has no preparation.
About The Author:
Tonya Plank grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and attended University of Arizona for college. She moved east for graduate school -- at Brown University -- where she studied European Intellectual History. She soon realized academia wasn't for her, so moved on to Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey, which, during her time there, was considered the most dangerous city in the US! While there, she wrote and published several law review articles about things like gender and the law, law and literature, and international human rights.
She spent most of her legal career as an appellate-level criminal defense attorney for indigents in New York City. While practicing law, she wrote her first novel (Swallow), took up competitive ballroom dancing, and started a dance blog, Swan Lake Samba Girl, journaling her somewhat pathetic experiences learning to dance as an adult. SLSG soon evolved into a chronicle of the larger dance scene, and has been lauded by James Wolcott of Vanity Fair and Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal, has been cited in those publications as well as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN.com, and has even won awards from legal websites for best extracurricular blog by a lawyer.
She still lives in New York.