Who was Cammy Robinson?

The cover of The Epilogue doesn't answer our question: what appears to be a portrait of a young woman has a blue square taken out. And what if we could see the whole portrait? Would a single picture really be able to reveal who this young, troubled woman really was?

The story, plainly put, is that Cammy Robinson was a daughter and a sister, a graduate and a girlfriend. She was also beset by psychological problems, the easiest of which to diagnose and name was bulimia.

The Epilogue attempts to answer the complex question of Cammy Robinson's identity throughout its richly covered pages. It employs contemporary pictures, recovered family snapshots, letters, interviews, documents, maps and stories. But the more we read and learn, the more we discover what we didn't know. 

Across the work's heartbreaking pages, the Robinson family turns over Cammy's story in their mind and in their memory. Where did it go wrong? Was she really unhappy? What could they have done differently?

The facts are powerfully conveyed—we come to know Cammy bit by bit, always dreading that the (inevitable) worst is just around the corner. Along the way, as in any life, are moments of brightness, of hope, and of joy. 

But, of course, the ending has been predetermined. There can be no changing what happened. As the book's title indicates, we are already holding the epilogue to the story in our hands. The grief and feeling that the project conveys are the product of Cammy's world groping towards remembrance, memorial and, finally, moving on.

Yet even years later, it is clear how difficult this final stage will be to achieve. Indeed, the book's very pages, much like Cammy's story, will remain fresh and raw long after they've been closed. 

A masterful book and well-deserving of its widespread acclaim.

—Alexander Strecker

The Epilogue
Laia Abril
Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing
Hardcover: 172 pages