A reader will understand and sympathize with the illness and its ramifications presented here. But with the unreliable narrator -- not so much.
Gallagher's work often suffers unfairly beside famous husband's Raymond Carver. The Man from Kinvara should permanently remedy this.
For all the horror, the blood and ugliness, nothing in these pages is all that unthinkable.
Joan Didion went on the road 50 years ago. The trenchant observations in South and West, however fragmentary, are timely.