Mary Ann Bernal review of The Illustrated Woman by Mark Barry
The Illustrated Woman is a story about a young woman’s choices in the game of life. Despite Emily’s normal upbringing, extenuating circumstances leaves her on her own, struggling to raise her 8-year-old daughter with a limited income. Emily’s obsession with having her life’s story told on her body via various tattoo designs is the catalyst for her descent into the seedy world of prostitution. Despite Emily’s chosen profession, she still dreams of being married to the man she loves, knowing he will never make the commitment. Mr. Barry manages to shed light into Emily’s psyche - the reader knows why Emily makes poor choices, eliciting sympathy rather than condemnation. An excellent story for this genre.