Zoo of Human Frailties

Zoo of Human Frailties is a study of family disintegration after the loss of one of its members as seen through the eyes of a young girl. The book opens as Lovetta’s father abandons her at an insane asylum in the years immediately preceding World War I. As we flash back to her experiences at home on the farm, we learn what has happened to make her disposable. All of the things she lives through, abuse, archaic medication, primitive surgery, neglect, hunger, Spanish flu, all cause her to find the strength to escape and find the only family she has left.


My Review: This is an exceptionally well-written story that is deeply moving. The narrator, Lovetta tells her story alternating between her time in the asylum and the events which led to her being admitted chapter by chapter in a manner that keeps the reader completely entranced.

The first world war provides the backdrop for this story and events are uncovered which provide evidence of a great deal of research by the author. It’s the kind of writing that leaves a lasting impression. Even without the backdrop, Lovetta’s story is so deeply moving on so many different levels that there is no way one will come away from reading this work without being affected in some way or other. I experienced a multitude of emotions.

The only things I would change in this book are the title, book cover, and the first part of the synopsis. I understand why the title and book cover may have been chosen. As for the synopsis referring to the work as a study… Due to the nature of being drawn into analysing everything, I get that too, but I would not refer to it as a study. Having said that, I have given five stars regardless because I could see this work being dramatised into either a historical fictional movie or a wonderful 6 part historical drama/suspense series.

18 thoughts on “Zoo of Human Frailties

  1. Thank you so much for your review. The cover is not the greatest. I just used the free images on the kindle site. And I was never good at writing synopses. If anyone has any tips for me how to make it better, I’d love some advice. I’m going to a writer’s conference in February and I’m meeting with four different agents who represent books like mine and I hope to find a traditional publisher. Your review has me thinking maybe they’ll like. I’m so moved that you took the time to read it and write such a lovely review. And I’d like to thank all the other people who wrote comments with advice. I’m open to any help with the synopsis. I’m new to this publishing thing and I could use all the help I could get.

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  2. Thanks for reading my review, Pete. My own story, Miedo: Living Beyond Childhood Fear, although very different from this one is also about overcoming obstacles as a child. 🙂


  3. Thanks, Diana. I don’t usually find the need to make recommendations on a five-star review, but strongly feel the author could possibly benefit from the it in this case. I couldn’t fully justify giving a four star rating.

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  4. This character had some extremely challenging circumstances in her life. I think the true stories that inspired me the most as a teacher were the times when children overcame all the obstacles in their lives to break the cycle of dysfunction. This book sounds like that kind of story. Thanks for the review, Kevin.

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  5. Great review, Kevin. I like the title, but agree that the book description did little for me and the cover seems to miss the mark based on the description. Your review certainly was captivating, though. Congrats to the author on the powerful read.

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