Monday, April 9, 2012

Surgically Augmenting Trash

Trash by Thom Simonson

This book is about several intersecting issues, domestic abuse, body mutilation, and organ harvesting. It circles around photographer Amanda, who is secretly preparing a gallery showing of women who have been horribly scarred by allowing their breast tissue to be harvested for money. Just as Amanda completes the photo collection her studio is burglarized. Conspicuously, the only missing object is her old computer containing her pictures. Who is the guilty party? Is it, her ex or the surgeon who is carving up women’s chests without regard? The answer may surprise you.

This story is very short and barely grazes the surface of some serious issues. It’s a good start but left me dissatisfied with the abrupt ending. I liked the vivid personalities of the characters and if I could convince the author to take the plunge and explain what happened to Amanda, Keller and especially Connie the story would be fuller and enjoyable.

I would recommend this book to someone who is considering the heavy decision of augmenting their body surgically. Not every surgery ends in happily-ever-after.

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