Scars On Top of Scars: A Mary Magdalene Miller Case Study (2014)
Fiction, 204 pages, $12.95
by Sandy Compton
Arrested development meets recovery. Can they coexist?
Mary Magdalene Miller, savvy therapist and self-named narrator of this series, thinks not. But how do you get a 220-pound ex-cop to give up acting like a scared five-year-old and grow up. Especially when his 55-year-old girl friend is exactly the same age emotionally.
Meet Bill the boxer and his girl friend Angie, and discover why they stopped growing up, lo, these many years ago. And eavesdrop on “Dr. Mary” and these two as they try to become adults in a world that has not treated them well. Walk the beat that once was his with Bill and Dr. Mary, and learn how he got scars on top of scars.
This second Mary Magdalene Miller “case study” is a bit more serious and less lyrical than the first, The Friction of Desire — and a lot less autobiographical. But his narrator keeps it interesting with an ocean of analogies, her confessions of growing disillusionment with a man she once had great hopes for, her own absolutely solid mental health and her fine wit.