Naked Singularity by Victoria N. Alexander

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When Hali’s father asks her to help him commit suicide to spare the family the misery of a long illness, she reluctantly agrees. Hali’s family insists on letting “God’s will” decide. While Hali, brooding upon the idea of predetermination and an afterlife in way that is both challenging and deeply moving, is ultimately unable to do what her father wishes. She is forced to accept the help of a manipulative male nurse, adding further complications and a slow and painful end.

About Victoria N. Alexander

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Victoria N. Alexander lives in New York City and is co-founder of the Dactyl Foundation for the Arts & Humanities in SoHo. She has a Ph.D. in English from CUNY, Graduate School, specializing in narrative teleology and the relationship between art and science.
Published March 21, 2011 by Permanent Press. 208 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Eventually, she agrees, and with the help of a muscle-bound drifter in nurse’s garb she becomes the clandestine family Kevorkian—except that Dad won’t die no matter how many drug cocktails they give him, and Hali and the nurse feel increasingly the tugs of a fatal attraction.

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The major flaw here is the lurid, macabre ending, which involves the attraction between Thomas and Hali, a climax that seems barely believable given Alexander's portrayal of Hali's satisfying marriage to Seth, a sensitive artist who, like Hali's two older sisters, remains an undeveloped character.

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