Every age has its own war and its own disease. Every age is ripe with promise, if only we weren’t stuck in our own time.
In 1985, Greta Wells buries her twin brother, Felix, who is claimed by the disease of his age: AIDS. The loneliness that descends on Greta is so deep that she undergoes a series of electric-shock treatments. She says, “Something like a wire moved through my veins until I was all metal, bending for them, and then the blue fantastic vision filled the room, a web of light, and I wept to see my thoughts blow off, in groups, like dandelion seeds.”
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The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells
Andrew Sean Greer