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Split by Swati Avasthi

Split by Swati Avasthi. Pub. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.

This is a very brave book because it tackles the problem of domestic violence, the effects it has on two brothers, and tries to address the problem of how to break the HIT-SORRY-FORGIVE cycle that so many families find themselves hooked into.

Jace is 16 years old and after a violent confrontation with his father, he leaves Chicago, drives to New Mexico and turns up at his older brother Christian’s apartment. Christian left home some years before because of his father, a high ranking Judge, continually belted the living daylights out of his mother.  When he tried to stop it he became a whipping boy too.

Both Jace and Christian have deep seated psychological wounds to deal with and this book is about how they work through this. Christian has a very supportive girlfriend in Mirriam and Jace has had a relationship with a girl, Lauren in Chicago, which has him believing that he is like his father and that he can not afford the risk of having another relationship.

If this sounds in anyway familiar to you then read this book immediately. Even if it doesn’t, read it anyway. It is also a novel about brothers.

A powerfully written story by an author who clearly knows her onions. Her ability to keep the sentimentality of the subject to a minimum, is the key to the power of the book. The plot is intriguing and the ending more than satisfactory.

I can say no more. Suitable Secondary school readers and young adults

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