Framing the Dialogue

Rubbernecker

Where I’m from, a rubbernecker is someone who is not involve yet takes a long look at some activity (e.g. an accident on the other side of the road).  They often impinge upon the flow because of their nosiness.  So I’m reading this novel, Rubbernecker, by Belinda Bauer and wondering where the rubberneckers are.  I never did find them.

This novel seemed to me to be a bit disjointed until the author started tying things up with the characters.  The two main characters in the story are a man who had suffered from an accident and is in a coma.  The other is a bright young man who has Asperger’s Syndrome.  A bit of a mild case at that.  One is really not in coma and understands everything around him.  He even witnesses something that scares him to death.

“Two wards, twelve beds – ten of them containing people who were neither dead nor alive; who had bought tickets to the afterlife and then had somehow had their journeys interrupted, and who were even now debating whether or not to go on, or to turn around and make their way back home.”

The other is interested in how the body works or at least the physiological parts of it.  Somehow these two “meet” and the mystery unfolds.

I liked the novel, but am still stuck on the title.

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