Gemini by Carol Cassella

Cassella is an M.D. so there are many accurate medical details given in this story about Jane Doe, the woman brought in to hospital after a hit-and-run.

The novel moves back and forth fluidly between the present and the past. Eric and his girlfriend, the medical doctor treating Jane, want to find out more information about Jane.

The novel also focuses on two people who almost fall in love, Raney and Bo. Raney, who has been raised by her Grandfather to be self-reliant, hardens her heart against Bo because of his privileged background.

The meet each other as kids in Quentin, WA . Even then, Raney is keenly aware of class differences. Bo’s family leaves him in Quentin during the summertime when they travel or get divorced.

Although they sense a spark between them, circumstances keep tearing them apart. They nearly get together when Bo, a freelance writer, has a car accident in Mexico.

Convinced he has abandoned her, Raney casts her love for Bo aside.

Does anyone, however, truly forget their first love?

When its revealed that Jane Doe has a distinctive scar, the attending doctor’s boyfriend realizes he knows the patient.

Since this is a medical drama, the character’s illnesses and medical condition shape the story. For example, Erik, a science writer who also has neurofibromatosis, is hesitant to commit to his girlfriend because of it.

Though no one gets the medical miracle they are hoping for, the ending is deeply satisfying.

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Hugo: A Look Back

Hugo was released in 2011. Since then its lost none of its charm.

Hugo is a well-shot and well-acted movie that also happens to have a beautiful message.

I first became aware of the book which I always meant to read. The book is a marvelously illustrated and written by Brian Selznick.

Wonderful moments abound in this film, like Hugo hanging on to the arms of enormous clock. The scene looks like something out of the silent film Safety Last. The film honors silent films and silent film makers so this scene is so fitting.

One of the best aspects of the movie, however, is the theme.

Standing near the clear dial of the clock, which is an enormous window, Hugo realizes that the world is like an enormous machine.

If someone has lost their purpose, they are broken, just like the automaton Hugo’s father found. Yet, that doesn’t mean they can’t be “fixed” or redeemed.

“Are you a fixer?” Isabelle asks Hugo. Humbly, he says, “I think so.”

The villain of the movie has a prosthetic leg, which he needs because of a war injury.

The war has left him embittered; plus, he has had a terrible childhood. Consequently, he delights in locking up and terrorizing orphaned children.

Even this character though is “fixed,” in the end, as he returns with a working leg, presumably fixed by Hugo and Papa Georges.