Hurricane Girl

Knopf. Jun. 2022. 240p. ISBN 9780593320884. $26. F
With her new work, Dermansky (The Red Car) creates a central character whose life is a hurricane of impulsivity. At 32, Allison Brody flees an abusive relationship in Los Angeles and impulsively buys a beach house in North Carolina. She has only 10 days to enjoy her new home before a hurricane demolishes it. Offered a guest room by a cameraman who discovers her sitting in the house’s debris, she eagerly accepts, but the man objects when she tries to leave the next morning and hits her with a glass vase. Rather than seek medical help for the subsequent hole in her head, she rushes to her mother in New Jersey and ends up in emergency surgery. As it happens, the surgeon is an old boyfriend, and they relaunch their relationship, but during their get-away weekend in Miami, Allison suddenly decides that it’s time to face what happened in North Carolina and returns to confronts her assailant.
VERDICT Dermansky surrounds Allison with disappointing men, making her trust issues understandable, and she effectively captures Allison’s brain fog and inability to make reasonable decisions, particularly following a traumatic brain injury. The ending is satisfying, if unconventional. For readers of general fiction.
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