Magazine article New Internationalist

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace

Magazine article New Internationalist

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace

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Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell (And Other Stories, ISBN 978 1 911508 007)

Learning of the death of her adopted brother, Helen decides to find out why he killed himself: 'Behind every suicide, there's a door,' she explains. She returns to her adoptive parents' home and starts investigating, but rather than discovering more about her brother - at least, until the surprising denouement - she exposes painful truths about her own ethics and mental health.

Order and logic are the building blocks of Helen's world - her solace and a means of controlling her underlying anger - and she uses them to try to make sense of what appears to her a senseless act by her brother. A neutral and passive observer, Helen struggles with social interaction and the physical proximity of others. …

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