Sorry to Disrupt the Peace: A Novel by Patty Yumi Cottrell | Conversation Starters
In “Sorry to Disrupt the Peace”, readers are introduced to an unusual narrator and a touching story of family and grief. The narrator, Helen Moran, takes a trip to Milwaukee after being told that her adoptive brother is dead. Her journey makes her question everything; why someone would choose to die, the nature of her family, and her brother’s friends. Every encounter Helen has brings forth more questions, leading her to consider not just death but also life.
Patty Yumi Cottrell’s debut novel is unflinching and bold, taking on the subject of grief in a somewhat unorthodox manner. Her book has been praised by fellow authors as “lean and wry and darkly compelling”, as well as having a quality of humanity that marries delight and heartbreak. The uniquely dualistic nature of Cottrell’s narrative invites the readers to discover grief with the protagonist, ultimately using dark comedy as a means to uncover a difficult truth.
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