Wednesday, April 18, 2012

BURY ME DEEP by Megan Abbott

I don’t read a better stylist than Megan Abbott.

Bury Me Deep is a tragic noir love story. At first it doesn't seem to be that way. Marion Seeley 's husband leaves her to go to Mexico. He is an addicted doctor. He tries to get away to overcome his addiction.

He leaves Marion working at a 1930's medical clinic. The doctors and nurses at the clinic guide Marion into her own hell.

She doesn't know who she is or what she wants. She becomes a kept woman who violates every principle she learned as a child. That leads to the deaths of two nurses at the clinic.

It also leads to cutting up at least one body and stuffing both bodies in the steamer trunks where authorities finally find them.

That's where the story becomes a love story. You'll have to read the book to see how that happens. At that point, the story also leads Marion to do the only thing in the whole book she does fully and intentionally for herself. In a way, the closing actions reflect Marion’s only truly sane action in the book.

The evil in Bury Me Deep is true and real.

This is a powerful book, heartbreaking and tragic. It was hard for me to read.

As I said at first, Abbott’s style itself is an expression of who Marion Seeley is.

I don’t read a better stylist and writer than Megan Abbott. 

In an Author’s Note, Megan Abbott tells us that a true event inspired Bury Me Deep. Abbott’s story itself is a reworking of the event. Her rewriting does more than fill the story out. She changes the story. She gives the story different details, a complex plot, and a psychological depth the original event may not have had.


Naomi Johnson said...

Well said, Joe. I think Hitchcock would have loved Abbott's books, and would have done a pretty good job of bringing them to the big screen.

Joe Barone said...

I find her to be an amazing writer.