Asylum for Nightface is a psychological study that features long narrative passages punctuated only occasionally with action. This storytelling approach demands close and attentive reading accompanied by careful thought about the issues raised in the narrative. The communicative success Photo of Bruce Brooks by Penelope Winslow Brooks of the novel depends largely on the intelligent and expressive voice of Zimmerman, the first-person narrator, who is beset by feelings of alienation and confusion. Many young adult readers will have similar emotions, and these shared feelings should make him a character who compels the readers' attention. How he manifests his rebellious nature and copes with his anxieties is unusual, and that in itself makes the book attractive and stimulating.