'A person can only tolerate so much clarity' - this was Beeman in Chicago - 'before they must complicate it again. The space means nothing without the labyrinth, the labyrinth nothing without the space.' p314
The Fern Tattoo is a series of interweaving short stories, the connection between them revealed at the end, but is more evident within each story if you had read the book over a series of days rather than start it at the beginning of February and not pick it up again until the end of March like I did. I found the last story, that of David, Margaret and Jennifer most interesting. The dreams the subconscious has before the conscious is aware. The things we do out of duty. The lies we tell to protect ourselves and others. The history that any one family has, hidden and acknowledged.
Thanks to J for the gift of this book.