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Reviewed by Ronél Steyn for Readers' Favorite
Chris Lombardi brings us an intriguing literary piece in Blue: Season. It is the year 1993 and the month of August in East Baltimore. Molly O’Donnell gets hit by a car on one of her nightly runs and ends up being sent to a psychiatric evaluation center. There she is known as Lucy Doe, the singing jogger. Anne-Marie Krieger is a social worker at Jacob Pearlstone Psychiatric Institute. She attempts to unravel pieces of the truth along with trying to understand the work of Lucia Joyce, the daughter of Irish author James Joyce. By listening, can she make a difference and help Molly? Will Molly ever find out why Lucia Joyce spent her last 40 years in an asylum?
Chris Lombardi tells this story in such an amazing way. Blue: Season is a slow spiral into madness that comes from outside forces. It shines a light on an enormous, dark picture, which reveals itself little by little, only to then make a leap and a grab for sanity and the realization that the key has been on the inside the entire time. The layout of Molly’s journals for her perspective and the third-person narrative for the others creates a perfect balance of internal and external dialogue. It is not recommended for younger readers as it touches on serious issues along with language more suitable for adults. The characters are relatable, and I feel that everyone will be able to connect with at least one of them on a personal level, even if only a small part.