Herman & Margaret is the story of two oddly paired individuals who meet at the border between Hoover Dam and Arizona in an attempt to commit suicide. Herman lost his leg in a war. Margaret is obese. Both are confined to wheelchairs. Wheelchair with them through their journey of transformation.
REVIEWS for HERMAN & MARGARET
- Herman & Margaret (or, Margaret and Her Man…) is a linear narrative, a story of two people who meet in Sin City, more-than-contemplating suicide. Herman lost his leg in a war. Margaret is obese. Both are confined to wheelchairs. This is perhaps the greatest strength of this story, its representation of differently-bodied individuals. The author invites us to read their story with empathy, not with pity, depicting them as wily and agentic rather than helpless in their disabilities. The characterization is strong; through dialogue and inner monologues, we are able to form a precise picture of these two individuals. There are wonderful moments in this story – the grapefruit is a constant surprise, a touch of incongruity in an otherwise conventional narrative, there are moments when the language soars (my favorite is towards the very end, part of a different kind of soaring). I wish the story were shorter so that these moments of surprise could register more powerfully. In the end, perhaps a good way to understand Herman & Margaret is as an experiment in linearity by a non-linear mind. A grapefruit rolling in the desert. –BAY LAUREL
2. This story is so beautiful. So real. And fills your heart with appreciation for others less fortunate than you might be. Herman and Margaret both are tortured souls who find each other too late. Or just in time. Then Fate steals the day. You will travel with these two in their short journeys and in the end your heart will stop. This writer is exceptional in her ability to take you from your world to the one she creates with words. You will live this story. I recommend it to all of you who appreciate the reality of life. And death.-IDEALIST101