Some Things That Meant the World to Me is a book with the most interesting style I have read since Haruki Murakami. Although it saddened me time to time, I enjoyed reading it. It can be an exquisite choice if you want to read something unusual.
The main character is Rhonda, who suffers from depersonalization after her abandonment and abuse in her childhood. You will want to hug her and say that everything will be alright. Her only close friend is her neighbour, an older woman with the same name. These characters and many more reveal lives we don’t want to know or even hear about, living in the dark corners of the city. However, it also offers the benefits of living without losing hope.
This book starts with an excerpt from Tom Waits. How bad can it be? Enjoy!
Some Things That Meant the World to Me
Following a 30-year-old-man named Rhonda suffering from depersonalisation, this striking debut novel is a darkly poetic work, creative and hypnotic, which will stand as the introduction to an original new voice in contemporary literature. When Rhonda was a child – abandoned and ignored by his mother, abused and misguided by his mother’s boyfriend – he imagined the rooms of his home drifting apart from one another like separating continents. Years later, after an embarrassing episode as an adult, Rhonda’s inner-child reappears, leading him to a trap-door.
Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir “Sirens” (2017), as well as five novels including “Damascus”, which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written “Fight Song” and “Some Things that Meant the World to Me,” one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as “Termite Parade,” an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times. His novel “All This Life” won the Northern California Book Award. He is the founder of Decant Editorial.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: