Exit the Labyrinth
Today, I'll be reviewing the novel, Exit the Labyrinth by author Stephanie Kay Bendel.
This book is captivating and is told like a novel, encompassing a lot of scattered moments and brilliant descriptions about what it is like to go through life not quite sure exactly what is happening. The author somehow managed to make such heartbreaking topics as depression and fear become a brilliantly told story that is neither depressing nor heartbreaking, and for that she should be commended.
I enjoyed the way in which the timeline was broken up across a lot of different storylines, and it gave it all a fragmented feel without breaking apart the story too much. It was well-written, so even fragmented it was easy to read and brilliantly told. I don't think anyone would have trouble relating to the details of this book, and everyone who reads it is bound to love it.
This is one of my favorite memoirs because of the creativity in which the story is told and the amazing descriptiveness of the language. It is easily relatable and well-told, and I highly recommend anyone who enjoys memoirs to go and check it out.
For more than forty years, Margo Witz has been troubled by the effects of an early childhood trauma she can’t remember. Despite years of therapy, she has experienced severe depression and recurrent nightmares. She knows that as an effect of the forgotten trauma, she has difficulty connecting to her own emotions and wants desperately to become normal. When her father needs emergency heart surgery, she travels to Wisconsin to be with her family despite her dread, for her depression usually deepens when she returns to her childhood home. That fact is particularly puzzling, since her energetic, boisterous family has always been loving and supportive.
During hours of waiting at the hospital, Margo relives some of the unusual occurrences in her life. Why does she hear an old wooden screen door slam when no one else does? Why was she, as a child, terrified of the walls in her home?
Check the story out over at Online Book Club!