Ultimately, isolation seems to be the recurring theme throughout the book, and the imagery "- an island, towers -" of the various settings would seem to reinforce that concept. I'd argue that Wiedeman is suggesting that the natural order of things is connection among individuals, that relationships and community are healthy while solitude represents deterioration and negativity. She importantly points that isolation is thrust upon some by others, but overall, it's something that's within our control, that while it's easier to hide from pain, it also denies us rewards. Read Full Review
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