She Could Fly – Christopher Cantwell, Martin Morazzo & Miroslav Mrva (Berger Books)

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The indefinable absolute of existence is the human condition. However, if you ask any group of the people governed by it to explain what it is, each of them would provide a different answer formulated by their own experiences. And that unanswerable conundrum that means something different to every single one of us, is what makes life and all of its strange moments, weird surprises and wonderful asides so beautiful, odd and unique. She Could Fly is a story about the human condition, or more accurately it’s about Luna Brewster, a teenager from Chicago trying to come to terms with her reality after she experiences and loses something magical. Having become, like the rest of the world, intrigued by a mysterious flying woman, Luna’s fragile mental health is pushed to its limits, when following the televised death of said woman and in the wake of her desperate desire to discover all that she can about her unknown airborne infatuation, her investigation leads to her becoming embroiled in a high stakes game of cat and mouse that’s being played by a missing physicist, a shadow branch of private security and the US government. And as is the case with any scenario involving money, secrets and politics, it’s a game that doesn’t end well

Christopher Cantwell’s story of obsession, corporate greed and malfeasance and the ways in which individuals learn to cope with all manner of adversity and each other isn’t an easy read.  While striking and gorgeous thanks to Martin Morazzo’s art, it’s also a brutal and unflinching examination of the reality of living with mental illness and the sometimes minor, but all too often major and sadly horrific, events that can trigger, exacerbate and exaggerate it’s devastating impact on individuals and those around them. Refusing to pull its punches, She Could Fly is an honest, sublimely detailed and written character driven tale that flirts with superhero mythology and science fiction and questions our interpretations and ideas of personal freedom to tell a fascinating and bitter sweet story that blurs the line between physical and mental trauma and argues that both can be just as damaging, should be given equal credence and treated in the same manner. Sometimes though, it’s worth sticking with a book no matter how difficult to digest some of the themes that it deals with are, and She Could Fly is one of those all too rare reads that’s as rewarding as it is exacting.  If you’re looking for something that’ll challenge your sensibilities and might just make you re-examine everything that you thought you knew about al of life’s hidden difficulties, then She Could Fly is almost certainly the book you’ve been looking for. Recommended… Tim Cundle

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