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A thoughtful tale of justice from beyond the grave and unlikely friendships. An enjoyable read.

 

 

Satellite Street, by Eleanor Lerman, is a contemporary novel that straddles slice-of-life fabulism and cozy mystery. Paul Marden grapples with a sudden and devastating illness, and a slow recovery from transitional surgery. Meanwhile, Lelee––a trans woman whose gender-affirming surgery is hindered by a heart murmur––can speak to the dead, although, she is skeptical of these experiences.  Satellite Street revolves around Paul's relationship with Lelee, and his father––an elderly nursing home patient––and the storm-ravaged coastal town they call home. Had I not known that the author grew up on the very beaches and streets set in her book, the careful and intimate descriptions make her familiarity quite apparent. The characters share this faint yet pervasive discontent and melancholy. Lelee is nuanced and compelling––by far, the most intriguing character. Paul's chronic pain is well written. However, I found his conversations regarding Lelee's identity and ultimate apologies a bit too-little-too-late. A thoughtful tale of justice from beyond the grave and unlikely friendships. An enjoyable read.

~TopShelf Reviews