What My Body Re­mem­bers By Agnete Friis Soho, 304 pages, $25.95

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In writ­ing part­ner­ship with her fel­low Dane, Lena Kaaber­bol, Agnete Friis co-au­thored four thrilling nov­els fea­tur­ing the heroic Red Cross nurse Nina Borg. Now Friis is off on her own, pro­duc­ing a book that is long on char­ac­ters in ex­treme dis­tress.

The story fea­tures 27-year-old Ella who has known a life of foster homes, ad­dic­tions and se­vere cases of para­noia. Ella has an 11year-old son named Alex who is on the edge of fall­ing into an ex­is­tence not un­like his mother’s.

The source of all the grief seems to lie with Ella’s par­ents. Did the dad mur­der the mother when Ella was a child? Ella be­gins an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into her past, a process that con­sists mostly of stag­ger­ing from one dis­as­ter to the next while keep­ing her wits about her. The process is grim and breath­tak­ing.

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