“We Are All Completely Fine” by Daryl Gregory is the story of a therapy group for those people – the unusual ones. People who have survived gruesome and unbelievable events and lived to tell the tale. A psychotherapist, Dr. Jan Sayer, who has come to believe their strange tales has convinced the motley group of battered and haunted people to join group therapy sessions – which is exactly as absurd as it sounds. From the semi-famous, former boy monster hunter to the quiet girl hiding horror under her turtleneck and the man who cannot take off his glasses; the author manages to make them all human – fragile and strong and cowardly and brave all at once – in the best way, while never letting us forget their “otherness”.
With “We Are All Completely Fine”, Gregory manages that same task just as well, and for me, combining that skill with a choice of subject so unique and fascinating was a complete hit. There’s only one problem: with its 182 pages (and feeling even shorter) the story is too short – I want to know more about Greta the flaming girl, Harrison the monster slayer, Stan in the wheelchair, the optimist Dr. Sayer and the other freaks! And although I love short stories and novellas, and genuinely think that the story completely carries itself well despite its short lenght, I just wish there was more of it… And if that isn’t the very thing you want out of a story, then I don’t know what is.
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Cover design by Elizabeth Story.