The Object: a love story is the tale of Sandra Briar’s life, as told by nearly fifty different characters.
Wherever she travels in the world – a journey from teenage runaway to promising artist, from disaster victim to depression survivor, from defiant daughter to reflective grandmother – we always know her as the object of someone else’s story.
Sandra's brother, who calls her “Sandy,” tells his version of their flight to the beach; a screenwriter fictionalizes her as “Sharon Long” in a based-on-a-true-story movie; she is the “Assistant” to a jaded professional photographer who guides her through the great cities of the world; a mother bitterly recounts how this cursed “Suka” betrayed her son; a starving cookbook writer helplessly watches his “Poor Boy Bonanza” be absorbed into New York’s glittering nightlife; her children’s book “Ma Rabbit and the Big Rain” is read aloud on a stormy night to a little girl.
These stories overlap to become the patchwork quilt that is her portrait. Neither her mother’s perspective, or her rival’s point-of-view, or her own voice, or even the tale created by some writer, possess the whole truth.
This novel is a reading experience of constant reevaluation, conflicted empathy and personal reflection on the question, “What is my true life story?”
prologue to The Object, performed by Caiti Lord.
Anthony Umi interviews Andrew Wice 12/5/16
I am not what I think I am.
I am not what you think I am.
I am what I think, you think I am.
Love is a blurring of pronouns. Love is subject and object.
-- David Mitchel