Iodine By Haven Kimmel. Trace Pennington is a brilliant, troubled, small town girl that grew up in extreme poverty. By pure luck she makes her way to college where although she is a complete isolated loner who only spends time with her dog, she does have the opportunity to hone her intelligient creativity. Trace is haunted by her past, her crazy unbalanced family and scary childhood memories. It is amazing she is even remotely normal. She begins a relationship with Dr. Jason Matthias, a professor that appreciates her intelligience and inner beauty but takes controlling advantage of her naiveness. I truly enjoyed both of Ms. Kimmels memoirs called A Girl Named Zippy and She Got Up Off the Couch. The authors stories about growing up in Indiana during the 70's and 80's. She is witty, smart and a great storyteller. This novel Iodine, caught me off guard, I almost do not know what to make of it, neither liking it nor wanting to put it down.