Sean Ferrell's story "Building an Elephant" won the Fulton Prize from The Adirondack Review; his short stories have appeared in Bossa Nova Ink, WORDS, Uber, and The Cafe Irreal. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. Numb is his first novel.
Numb, a man who feels no pain and has no memory of how he came to be this way, travels to
My Take: I was very intrigued by the whole premise of this book. Imagine losing your memory and not being able to feel anything? The show Haven has a character that can't feel any pain. Anyway back to the book. This book explores the way the current culture seems to latch onto almost anything for entertainment(reality shows, paparazzi etc). I am just as guilty of this as anyone as I absolutely love Survivor. Those who are invovled in the entertainment need to be very careful. This book also explores the other end , where people use the entertainer to further them instead of the entertainer's best interest.
Numb is forced to more or less prostitute himself by letting people put nails in him. Just like so many other people he didn't know any other way to survive. First he was part of the freak show in the circus and then on to a different kind of freak show in New York.
This book was entertaining and I would recommend it .