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Tekijä: Sara Staggs

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This novel deserves the highest praise for a well written story, though not a thriller, was a page turner in a different sense. The reader follows the years during an 11 year period in which Casey, a successful litigation attorney, who searches for ways to get control of her uncontrollable epilepsy seizures. After seeing physicians and having traveling to a large epilepsy clinic, she agrees to a surgery that is successful only 50% of the time. Both Casey and her husband are feeling great stress at work which contributes to the intensity and frequency of her seizures. Their marriage is in jeopardy as her husband, Jonah, seeks support from a member of his therapy group. This is a story that shows how medical problems of one member of the family can change the dynamics of the entire family. ( )
  jeanie0510 | May 19, 2023 |
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Don’t you just love it when you get a book where the author is previously unknown to you? You have absolutely no expectations and yet you’re absolutely riveted from the first few sentences. Such has been my experience reading this debut novel from Sara Staggs.
Set in Portland, Oregon, (which coincidentally is one of the few West Coast cities I have visited!) Uncontrollable tells the story of lawyer, Casey Scott, her husband, Jonah and their children. Jonah works at a downtown advertising agency (I had a friend who worked in just such an agency in downtown Portland!). Both seem to be managing their careers and their family life. But Casey has epilepsy. The novel explores, with depth and feeling the pressure this places on the whole family as Casey’s seizures get worse. When a doctor tells her bluntly she could die if her condition is not controlled Casey faces an impossible decision. Should she choose her career, all that she’s worked for and dreamed of, or does she choose her family and her health? The story examines what happens when plans don’t – go to plan. What happens to a family and the whole nature of compromise and survival when things go so frighteningly wrong.

I found the book very well constructed. It’s a dual narrative, so we get both Jonah’s and Casey’s points of view. In that sense, we are never encouraged to take sides. And it’s easy to see where both of them are coming from. They are flawed and human. The emotion is raw and palpable. I found them well drawn and believable characters. And if you knew little about epilepsy, then this is the fiction to educate you. The sequences in the book that detail treatments and procedures are jaw dropping . And my heart goes out to this author, because there’s no way she could write about this without having undergone it herself and believe me, it’s highly challenging for the bravest and strongest of individuals.

I think there can be a danger when you’re writing about something so close to you that a degree of sentiment and subjectivity can creep in, but that never happens in this book. It’s well plotted and accessible. The narrative remains objective. And the focus isn’t solely upon the subject of epilepsy. As a litigator, Casey is involved in a high-profile court case which highlights the #MeToo movement.

It’s an impressive debut novel, entertaining, thought provoking and enlightening. I look forward to more from this writer. ( )
  shizz | May 16, 2023 |
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Thank you LibararyThing for giving me the opportunity to read this wonderful novel, Uncontrollable by Sara Staggs. Ms. Staggs writing makes you feel every emotion of all the characters, while giving you in-site of epilepsy, which the main character Casey has. There are so many twists and turns in this novel and you can feel everyone of them. To try and describe all that is happening is impossible, you must read this novel to fully appreciate it. Thank you Sara Staggs for giving me that opportunity ( )
  bonitajean | May 15, 2023 |
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Uncontrollable by Sara Staggs

Casey has the perfect live, Husband, children and a satisfying career, but she is also living with Epilepsy. Then her Doctor gives her the news, she must control her seizure or she will die. Now faced with life altering choices that affect her family, career and life that she is accustom to.

The story moves at a fast pace told from alternating voices, Casey and her Husband Jonah. True to life events, engaging dialog and knowledge of Epilepsy, drew me in. I was engrossed from the first page (in) this compelling memorable read. I recommend to all. ( )
  SheriAWilkinson | May 15, 2023 |
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I really enjoyed this book. It gave a really interesting perspective of how living with a chronic illness affects a persons work, family life, mental health, and friendships; especially when that chronic illness is not something that is outwardly visible. Casey's struggle to try to have it all is very relatable.

Thank you Sara for sending me a copy of this book, I really enjoyed reading it! ( )
  aeisen | May 1, 2023 |
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