Viser writes about a young man, Zack Weinstein, who has “started an unusual process: healing by blog.” Weinstein writes about his experiences on his blog following a spinal injury that paralyzed him from the chest down. Viser alternates excerpts from the blog with sections that tell his character’s story and develop his character. It’s not purely narrative, but there’s a sense of arc, punctuated by the partial description in the lead of Weinstein’s injury and a return to a more complete description near the end.

We thought the very end could have been stronger. We’d have preferred reading Viser’s words rather than Weinstein’s—we wanted that strength of writerly voice, leading us to a destination.

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