Like Being Killed by Ellen Miller

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Scorching, authentic, and brilliantly written, Like Being Killed illuminates a world that exists parallel to our own, a world where young people -- desperate to connect with something larger than themselves -- risk death in pursuit of a substitute for all things pure, meaningful, and seemingly denied them, a world where friendship is both the most blessed and the most dangerous thing. This extraordinary debut novel introduces a boldly original and prodigiously talented young writer absolutely unafraid to explore the darker side of society -- and ourselves.

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Published January 1, 1998 by Dutton. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ilyana meticulously chronicles the degrading minutiae of the months that follow: her razor-sharp memory and ready grab-bag of scientific and literary references don—t dissipate, but, rather, enrich her meditations on paralysis, consciously chosen loneliness, masochistic relationships (including a...

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Before Miller halts Ilyana's plunge toward suicide (as if by magic, sad to say) and reunites Ilyana with Susie, she shows a great, erratic talent doomed by the redemptive machinery of the up-from-addiction genre.

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