Sorry to Disrupt the Peace

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace

by Patty Yumi Cottrell


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Helen Moran is thirty-two years old, single, childless, college-educated, and partially employed as a guardian of troubled young people in New York. She’s accepting a delivery from IKEA in her shared studio apartment when her uncle calls to break the news: Helen’s adoptive brother is dead.

According to the internet, there are six possible reasons why her brother might have killed himself. But Helen knows better: she knows that six reasons is only shorthand for the abyss. Helen also knows that she alone is qualified to launch a serious investigation into his death, so she purchases a one-way ticket to Milwaukee. There, as she searches her childhood home and attempts to uncover why someone would choose to die, she will face her estranged family, her brother’s few friends, and the overzealous grief counselor, Chad Lambo; she may also discover what it truly means to be alive.

A bleakly comic tour de force that’s by turns poignant, uproariously funny, and viscerally unsettling, this debut novel has shades of Bernhard, Beckett and Bowles—and it announces the singular voice of Patty Yumi Cottrell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944211493
Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 742,425
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Patty Yumi Cottrell's work has appeared in BOMB, Gulf Coast, and Black Warrior Review, among other places. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Sorry to Disrupt the Peace 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
panzy11 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book at my local B&N store because it was promoted as a B&N Discovery award winner and the synopsis intrigued me. While the premise was original enough to keep me reading, I felt let down once it was finished. There's no doubt the author is talented with a unique style, I just felt it missed the mark somehow. The story that enfolded was not what was expected from the dust jacket description -and while it's understandable not to want to give too much away, it was disappointing. The author did an admirable job of illustrating how Helen (the main character) views the world: what she thinks, how she reacts to life-changing events, and her interpersonal relationships - or lack thereof. However, by the time at least one of the big "aha" moments comes towards the end, it was fairly apparent long before. Helen's narrative went on too long and I was more than ready say good-bye to her. There are many other reviewers out there who rave about this book, so I am probably in the minority. I don't regret reading this book, but felt I had to be honest in my review.
DM-C More than 1 year ago
I don’t understand how this novel received the Discover Award. I always go for BN’s Discover choices – but this just disappointed. It actually took me 3 weeks to finish it due to lack of desire/interest. There is no doubt the author can write beautiful sentences; but… I felt nothing for the main character—accept maybe annoyance. Her parents were no better. Suicide brings out all sorts of emotions for those still living (I know this first hand) but the lack of interest and communication between parents and child, and Helen’s false impression of herself, and her continual failure with even the simplest of tasks…annoying. Her parent’s simultaneous disappointment and disconnect…also annoying. There was a brief moment between Helen and her Dad towards the very end, which could have been poignant, but typical of both their characters they let it slip away. The only accurate sentence may be on page 236 “I think Helen might be an undiagnosed bipolar or schizophrenic…” Or maybe she is just delusional. And maybe her adoptive parents are just self-centered. I wasn’t looking for a “Polly-Anna” ending – just a little connection between Helen and her parents and there was none. I’m surprised Helen doesn’t commit suicide when she returns to her life in New York.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, beautiful, complex, sad.