The closest to painting with and walking through written words; this author is powerfully evocative. Lush prose and a compelling story line, beautifully written. The twisted time sequence truly expressed what it is like to inhabit ones body and not know the story of one's own life, as if coming to, to find oneself swimming in unknown water, desperate for a lungful of air, and finally, finally, breaking through the water into light and breath. The pace of the first fifth of the book made not understanding almost unbearable. (I had to read ahead a bit to ratchet down the pain of the suspense, so I'll never fully know what the experience would have been otherwise; no regrets. And I will read this book again.). Many ethical questions raised as well.