To the ones who came before, in gratitude And to the ones who will come after, so that you may know the magnitude.
From this point on Phelan takes the reader on a terrifying early millennium roller-coaster ride through a series of bizarre, seemingly coordinated attacks in some five countries - a ride she barely manages to survive.
Delivering on the widely acknowledged promise of her writing, Phelan produces another spellbinding work of investigative journalism, this time meticulously woven into memoir and punctuated by poetry. Despite exhausting struggles to survive brutalities that seriously threaten her and her mother's lives, Phelan's passion for the subject at no point diminishes her ever-present journalistic integrity - well supported by website references and a series of exhibits at the end of the book.
- The title "Exile" may evoke ambivalence in the growing numbers of North Americans who are fleeing the late, great "land of the free and home of the brave" to seek safety and sanity, if not liberty exactly, outside the U.S. Those contemplating such a dire step may call themselves emigrants but when such a move is made only as a last resort it may more accurately be considered exile.
The account begins with a police officer's betrayal packaged as collaboration, which then seamlessly unfolds into the main course to explain the context of that betrayal. Phelan's descriptions of the naiveté of her earlier self are sure to grip the reader with a stab of recognition as Phelan's younger self initially silences her inner warning voice [p. 17].
- This resonance is particularly acute as she deals with a man she does not know is playing a role - government operative/love interest Jack Smith. Over the course of the book we learn a bit of how, through repeated betrayals tucked away in a culture of pretty lies and inverted values, we have learned to not recognize what is wrong, to not protect ourselves, and to believe ourselves helpless.
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