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Author: Sheila Ballantyne
ISBN13: 978-0670480227
Title: Imaginary Crimes
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Language: English
Category: United States
Publisher: Viking; 1st edition (February 26, 1982)
Pages: 265

Imaginary Crimes by Sheila Ballantyne

Ballantyne wisely opts to make Sonya unexceptional, preventing her from getting the sort of easy escape routes a lesser writer might've provided. It's a delicate balance, deftly ha As protagonist Sonya says at one point, "I had no sense of humor," which works in the book's favor. Devoid of wisecracks, wit, and irony as defense mechanisms, Sonya fumbles to find other ways to deal with the decline of her family, often failing, but always examining her memories through a darkly poetic/lyrical lens

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Sheila Ballantyne, an author whose best-known novel, "Imaginary Crimes," was made into a movie, has died at her home in Berkeley at age 70. The cause of her death on May 2 was a rare neurological disease called multisystem atrophy, according to her son, Stefan Spielman of Berkeley. The family did not announce the death until recently. On April 24, Ms. Ballantyne's husband, child psychologist Philip Spielman, 78, died after a long battle with kidney disease. The book was quickly embraced by the women's movement of the '70s. In 1982, she published the novel "Imaginary Crimes," based on life with her unreliable father. The Chronicle called the book "a poignantly enunciated family portrait" in a 1994 interview. That year, a film based on the novel came out, starring Harvey Keitel. The year after that book was published, Ms. Ballantyne won a Guggenheim fellowship.

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Sheila Ballantyne, a critically praised novelist whose work ranged over death, deception and family life - more often than not, these were all of a piece - died on May 2 at her home in Berkeley, Calif. She was 70. The cause was multisystem atrophy, a degenerative neurological disease, her daughter, Anya Spielman, said. Ms. Ballantyne’s family did not make the news of her death public until this month. Ballantyne’s output was small, just two novels and a volume of stories. Miss Ballantyne has made a book, at times heartbreaking, at times inspiring, out of an arduous and unusual growing up. ‘Imaginary Crimes’ is a very good book, a piece of honest work showing up the common American dream of the big and easy score - the dream of every bunco artist and con man - for the sad sham that it is. Continue reading the main story.

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Her father an incorrigible con man, her mother a daydreamer who died young, Sonya Weiler is forced to tend both father and sister but gallantly manages to build a life for herself
Reviews: 2
This is one of the best books I've had the pleasure to read. I buy this often for friends, etc.
This book is very well written. The author employs a mix of first and third person narrators and for that reason alone, is well worth reading if you find different kinds of writing styles interesting. Also, if you are looking for a vivid page-turner, this book will give you that too. The story is written from the point of view of a young girl/woman living in a highly dysfunctional family. The characters inhabit a convincingly depressing world, made even more so by the setting of the Pacific Northwest. Personally, I found it too depressing to enjoy, yet I couldn't put it down. The title Imaginary Crimes is ingenuis when you discover that the family members in the book consider themselves to be Christian Scientists, although their lifestyle would not be recognizable to a great many of the Christian Scientists that I have known. The themes are heavy duty: religion, faith, truth, domestic abuse, fidelity, depression, poverty. If the title is to be a guide, I would say the strongest theme is hypocrisy, which is always well worth an author's time to explore. Personally, I felt the author dealt with these themes too superficially. She presented a group of characters struggling in a difficult world, and then absolved us all of any responsibility by blaming a character and a religion for that world, both of which are so extreme that few of us can identify with them. It seems like the typical situation where one says "look at THEM, they are the problem" as if THEY are aliens or something, rather than a product of humanity. It is as if to say we could never be just like them given the right circumstances, and for that reason, I feel the book does a disservice to the themes it is trying to address. And finally, if you can identify with the children in this story even remotely, be prepared to receive an emotional punch.