Name: The Nature of Denial
Author: Madelyn March
Genres: Fiction, Drama, Women’s Fiction, Romance, Modern Fiction, Psychological, Medical
Setting: Michigan, United States; 2000s
Opening Lines: “The screeching sound of bending, twisting metal stopped abruptly and created a bubble of silence within the car.”
Favorite Quote: “Anna realized that nature could unhinge you with its vast power and splendor, if you chose to let it in. It was a force like no other, restorative to the soul, if allowed.”
Rating: 4 out of 5
The Nature of Denial is about a woman, Anna Montagna, that runs from her loved ones and her successful life because of her mental illness. Anna escapes to a residential community, Mikamaw, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to spare her family from the creature that she has gotten to be. While Anna tries her best to escape from her past, it keeps on frequenting her. When her life is at stake, she notices that she needs to choose whether to go up against the past or continue running.
This novel shows what happens when women get postpartum depression. It demonstrates how these women feel inside. When I read the part where Anna could not control herself any longer, I felt like I could not breathe. When she was anxious, I was restless. When she found a sense of contentment with herself, I felt calmed. Madelyn March truly made the readers feel what Anna felt with her illness. One of my most loved parts is when Anna went to the woods for the first time and revisited the infamous frozen lake. I could feel Anna’s senses and emotions when she was seeing all the wonders that nature has to give. It felt like she was being healed by her surroundings and gave me this insight that all that she needed, in order to overcome her postpartum depression, was time.
Another thing that I liked about The Nature of Denial were the characters. Anna had a staggering character development. She had her high points and low points. Anna was willing to learn and unlearn things which is extremely hard to do for someone as stubborn as she is. At the end, she forgave herself for what she did (trying very hard not to spoil it!). I have to admit that I learned a lot from her. This novel shows you that you have to keep living no matter what happens in your life; to not keep the built-up hate inside of your heart towards certain people and yourself. It teaches you that in order to stay at peace, you need to forgive and let things go.
I really enjoyed this novel. It has sentiment and fellowship which (thank goodness!) was not corny at all. I enjoyed the nature aspect of this novel; it was my favorite highlights of The Nature of Denial. Although, I have to say that I think the plot and the ending of The Nature of Denial could have been better. It felt like there were holes in the story such as how does she recover from her postpartum depression and how did a certain person find her. Overall, I think anyone that would like a little insight of postpartum depression or is just a sucker for romance and family moments would love The Nature of Denial.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Madelyn March’s life is books. She can usually be found writing a book, showing understudies how to read them, or drenched in one herself. When it’s the ideal opportunity for a book break, her most loved spot to be is trekking in the woods with her family.