PERMAFROST isn’t the conventional, happily-ever-after fairytale-esque story . . . Baltasar shows that although life may be grim and cruel, one must carry on and entrust that there is a glimmer of hope to be found somewhere.
There is the belief that a person needs to have hit rock bottom in order to recover, but only a talented author, like Rebecca Handler, can show us what that looks like in gritty, realistic and darkly hilarious detail.
THE TERRIBLE UNLIKELIHOOD OF OUR BEING HERE is meant for anyone who, in Antonetta’s words, feels the need to “scratch life and make it bleed a little and know you’re here.”