Find Me



❮PDF❯ ✈ Find Me Author Laura van den Berg – E17streets4all.co.uk Things I will never forget my name, my made up birthday The dark of the Hospital at night My mother s face, when she was youngThings other people will forget where they come from, how old they are, th Things I will never forget my name, my made up birthday The dark of the Hospital at night My mother s face, when she was youngThings other people will forget where they come from, how old they are, the faces of the people they love The right words for bowl and sunshine What is a beginning and what is an end Joy spends her days working the graveyard shift at a store outside Boston and nursing an addiction to cough syrup, an attempt to suppress her troubled past But when a sickness that begins with silver blisters and memory loss and ends with death sweeps the country, Joy, for the first time in her life, seems to have an advantage she is immuneAt once a hauntingly beautiful portrayal of a dystopian future and a powerful exploration of loneliness.Find Me

Laura van den Berg was raised in Florida Her first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, was a Barnes Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a finalist for the Frank O Connor International Short Story Award Her second collection of stories, The Isle of Youth FSG Originals, , received the Rosenthal Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Bard Fiction Prize Her first novel, Find Me FSG, , was long listed for the International Dylan Thomas Prize Her most recent novel, The Third Hotel FSG, was a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award Her next collection of stories, I Hold a Wolf by theEars, will be published in June She lives in the Boston area.

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  • Find Me
  • Laura van den Berg
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  • 04 December 2019
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10 thoughts on “Find Me

  1. says:

    Things I will never forget my name, my made up birthday The dark of the Hospital at night My mother s face, when she was youngThis is an weird, absurd and dark book I m still thinking about what to think of it But it was intriguing for me and well written by a debut author It runs between 3 and 4 stars for me Especially the part after the hospital turned less interesting to me, storyline seemed sort of lost The final part of the book got better again though But, a special dThings I will never forget my name, my made up birthday The dark of the Hospital at night My mother s face, when she was youngThis is an weird, absurd and dark book I m still thinking about what to think of it But it was intriguing for me and well written by a debut author It runs between 3 and 4 stars for me Especially the part after the hospital turned less interesting to me, storyline seemed sort of lost The final part of the book got better again though But, a special debut and a bleak, intriguing story of a young lonely woman in an apocalyptic world I may return to writethinking about it And when I do that, that certainly means a book has made a special impression on me It kept me reading to the end, although there were some lesser parts A special debut and a writer with talent, I would say I would recommend it to people who like to read this genre I m intrigued by this authorJoy spends her days working the graveyard shift at a store outside Boston and nursing an addiction to cough syrup, an attempt to suppress her troubled past Left by her mother as a one month old baby, she went through a series of homes and foster families When a sickness that begins with silver blisters and memory loss and ends with death sweeps the country, Joy is recruited to stay in a hospital for a number of months in quarantine, a supposed test group of immune people A hauntingly beautiful portrayal of a dystopian future and a powerful exploration of loneliness

  2. says:

    Find Me is the story of and narrated by 19 year old Joy, who lives in a world swept by a mysterious pandemic known only as the sickness The sickness begins with memory loss and inevitably ends in death, claiming victims by the hundred thousands The novel open in a hospital, where Joy is being held along with 74 others they are all thought to be immune to the plague, and are scrutinized, tested and studies with hope of finding a cure Joy and others constantly recall various and often obscu Find Me is the story of and narrated by 19 year old Joy, who lives in a world swept by a mysterious pandemic known only as the sickness The sickness begins with memory loss and inevitably ends in death, claiming victims by the hundred thousands The novel open in a hospital, where Joy is being held along with 74 others they are all thought to be immune to the plague, and are scrutinized, tested and studies with hope of finding a cure Joy and others constantly recall various and often obscure facts to reassure that they can still remember many develop the disease and die, but Joy remains unaffected As the order at the hospital begins to slowly deteriorate, Joy begins to plan a journey which she hopes would lead to her long lost birth mother, who abandoned her when she was a child.The biggest problem with Find Me is its aimlessness and ultimate lack of originality.There s not much of a plot to speak of in Find Me events happen but the structure could have been mumbled and switched, with some thrown out all together, without making much of a difference Characters are drawn to be interesting, but are not memorable they go on and off the page without much impact Novels about virulent disease and apocalypse of all kinds are nowpopular than ever for some reason, but the biggest flaw in most of them is that they are not very original it s also the case with Find Me, where the theme of disease is never explored and is reduced to a background for young protagonist to ponder on her own emotions If not for its aimless structure, this would probably be marketed as YA Lastly, the book commits the unforgivable sin of being boring there is no real story here, and events described ultimately do not end with a sense of closure Everything is detached, artificial, cold.I previously read Laura van den Berg s collection of short stories, The Isle of Youth, and had similar complaints about it I was hoping to enjoy the novelas I am always drawn to dystopias, but perhaps her work is just not for me

  3. says:

    The beginning of the book had me I m a sucker for a good, non zombie pandemic Add in a potentially unreliable narrator Man, I m sold But while some aspects of the book really worked early on, it fell apart at the halfway mark What it devolved into was a weak road trip saga, full of imagery and ideas that never really culminated in anything substantive The last 50 pages felt completely rushed, as if even the author wanted to be rid of the mess None of the plot twists were even properly e The beginning of the book had me I m a sucker for a good, non zombie pandemic Add in a potentially unreliable narrator Man, I m sold But while some aspects of the book really worked early on, it fell apart at the halfway mark What it devolved into was a weak road trip saga, full of imagery and ideas that never really culminated in anything substantive The last 50 pages felt completely rushed, as if even the author wanted to be rid of the mess None of the plot twists were even properly explored the Hospital s frozen food was givenprose than the very real problem Joy finds herself presented with in the latter half and the exposition was flat out boring Adding to the meh factor, the ending was not really an ending at all I m pissed at this book, pissed that it had such potential and it ended up wasting my time

  4. says:

    I felt like this book was just a collection of unrelated sentences.

  5. says:

    Usually, if I deem a book worthy enough to finish, I rate it at least two stars Not this one Started out moderately interesting and devolved into a mess that does not resolve itself Recommended for those who want an acid trip without the acid.

  6. says:

    A dystopian impressionistic painting a jumble of questions with no answers unrelated images and events Kind of like waking up after a nightmare and only remembering fragments of unsettling and surreal dreams that you can t quite shake and that make absolutely no sense I felt zero connection to any of the characters but kept reading because I as curious to see where she was going with this story Apparently nowhere.I liked the writing but I found the story relentlessly depressing and grim N A dystopian impressionistic painting a jumble of questions with no answers unrelated images and events Kind of like waking up after a nightmare and only remembering fragments of unsettling and surreal dreams that you can t quite shake and that make absolutely no sense I felt zero connection to any of the characters but kept reading because I as curious to see where she was going with this story Apparently nowhere.I liked the writing but I found the story relentlessly depressing and grim Not sure I would recommend this to anyone

  7. says:

    The story revolves around nineteen year old Joy and begins in a hospital where she is being held with seventy four others A plague only known as the sickness has swept the world and killed hundreds and thousands.My only problem with this novel is that it feels a bit aimless There are a lot of questions without any answers or sense of closure I do enjoy reading about dystopian worlds, as it s what seems to be popular at the moment, but this, unfortunately, didn t really cut it for me I feel The story revolves around nineteen year old Joy and begins in a hospital where she is being held with seventy four others A plague only known as the sickness has swept the world and killed hundreds and thousands.My only problem with this novel is that it feels a bit aimless There are a lot of questions without any answers or sense of closure I do enjoy reading about dystopian worlds, as it s what seems to be popular at the moment, but this, unfortunately, didn t really cut it for me I feel like the first half was eerie and exciting, but the second half just dragged out and by the end, it just felt like it was rushed.I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  8. says:

    Maybe reading this and Blueprints of the Afterlife at the same time, two blue text covered dystopian ish novels about not the complete annihilation of society, but rather the irreversable and extremely obvious altering of it, was a bit of an overload Or maybe the quiet yet somehow also too painterly indie film feel of Find Me never stood a chance against Boudinot s refreshingly inventive swing dancey writing style, but this one started up high on the mountain, and then dove straight off I was Maybe reading this and Blueprints of the Afterlife at the same time, two blue text covered dystopian ish novels about not the complete annihilation of society, but rather the irreversable and extremely obvious altering of it, was a bit of an overload Or maybe the quiet yet somehow also too painterly indie film feel of Find Me never stood a chance against Boudinot s refreshingly inventive swing dancey writing style, but this one started up high on the mountain, and then dove straight off I was really into it for just over a third, and then it becameandof a chore to read until at the end I was just itchy and eager for it to be done People you have not seen and have been constantly thinking about do not show up in the middle of nowhere on buses you happen to be riding on From my experience, life does not just hand you fast cash opportunities when you start running desparately low on money People in literally angel wings don t offer you shelter from the cold when you are cold and in need of shelter Did she ever get found Good question In short, I just didn t get it, or into it, or some combination of the two Or maybe I ve read too many books of this type by now, and have totally unfair standards I will say, though, that the hardcover of this book smells incredibly good My greatest enjoyment was occasionally covering my face with it and just breathing it in.Incidentally, there s this scene in Blueprints at a Science Fair where a perfect symbol of this book is described it s a machine whose singular purpose is to completely destroy itself until every part is separated from every other part, and all you are left with is a pile of seemingly unrelated pieces of scrap Reading this felt like watching that happen, except not on purpose That first third, though Solid

  9. says:

    You can t throw a rock in a bookstore these days without hitting a post apocalyptic, dystopian novel or three There are SO MANY Surprisingly enough, considering the saturated market, most of the ones I ve read are quite good The thing is, they re all very different Some are gory and scary, going into gleeful detail about a global catastrophe Others arecharacter centered, focused on an individual or small group of survivors, exploring what comes after the world altering event rather th You can t throw a rock in a bookstore these days without hitting a post apocalyptic, dystopian novel or three There are SO MANY Surprisingly enough, considering the saturated market, most of the ones I ve read are quite good The thing is, they re all very different Some are gory and scary, going into gleeful detail about a global catastrophe Others arecharacter centered, focused on an individual or small group of survivors, exploring what comes after the world altering event rather than the disaster itself This variety keeps me coming back to dystopian fiction I ve yet to grow bored with it because each author presents a new and fascinating riff on the theme Find Me, Laura van den Berg s debut novel, is another solid contribution to the dystopian bookshelf The protagonist, Joy, lives in a hospital in rural Kansas She and the other patients aren t allowed outside the building, and the nursing staff wear full hazmat suits at all times A sickness has swept the nation, causing sufferers to lose their memories before succumbing to a painful death Joy and the other patients are quarantined and being studied because they appear to be immune Prior to Joy s hospitalization, she lived a nomadic, desperate existence, shuffling in and out of foster homes and group homes She is haunted by the absence of her mother What kind of woman was she How could she have abandoned her infant daughter Joy has a lot of questions she d like to ask her, despite her simmering rage at being discarded so callously Her immunity to the disease, a possible genetic gift from her mother, only adds another layer to her complicated feelings.Find Me is definitelyliterary fiction than it is sci fi Van den Berg isn t too specific with the details of the plague or the biological reasons why some people would be immune to it, which I know would drive some readers crazy She also takes the story far afield from the Kansas hospital where Joy s story begins so don t get too attached to that setting or the other characters populating it I didn t mind these narrative choices because I found myselfinterested in unearthing Joy s childhood memories and plumbing the depths of her feelings towards her mom than analyzing the causes and effects of the sickness Ultimately, this is a novel about a girl and the mother who left her The dystopian elements are just a frame around a personal story of loss More book recommendations by me at www.readingwithhippos.com

  10. says:

    This is an author I had not heard of until we recorded Episode 014 of the Reading Envy podcast, and Jason our guest mentioned her in passing as he discussed a book by her husband Then I was poking around in Edelweiss looking through review copies of interesting sounding books, and found this, Laura van den Berg s first novel Oh yeah so disclaimer, I got this for free, but that does not alter my honest review This is the author s first novel, but I will definitely be finding her short stori This is an author I had not heard of until we recorded Episode 014 of the Reading Envy podcast, and Jason our guest mentioned her in passing as he discussed a book by her husband Then I was poking around in Edelweiss looking through review copies of interesting sounding books, and found this, Laura van den Berg s first novel Oh yeah so disclaimer, I got this for free, but that does not alter my honest review This is the author s first novel, but I will definitely be finding her short stories to read after this The story is bleak, about a girl named Joy who is living in quarantine in a hospital I would not read the novel description because I think it gives too much of the story away We do know that many of the people have died from a disease that turns your skin silver and causes you to lose your memory, before you eventually die of it.Part 1 centers around the hospital with some back story, while Part 2 moves on from there It was there that I encountered some explanations of things that sent me back to Part 1 to try to make sense of it all In a good way, I think.I liked the unique details like the pilgrims and the mother

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