Imaginative and thought-provoking. While others may have found it less so, I enjoyed it for being so different. One line stood out for me in this book: "Missing can make a day take forever to end; remembering, though, can make it fly." If I had one suggestion to improve it, it would have been that the last part of the book which takes place above-ground I would have wished took up the whole of the last half the book instead of a smaller segment.
Helen Fremont was raised as a Roman Catholic. It wasn't until she was an adult, practicing law in Boston, that she discovered her parents were Jewish--Holocaust survivors living invented lives. Not even their names were their own. A powerful memoir. Two sisters piece together the painful story.
While set with a few fictional characters, many were real women heroes in a network of spies in World War I. This combination of historical fact with some fiction makes the book very readable, and interesting. A good balance and a nice read.
There's nobody like Wallace Stegner who can write so vividly and well from the heart, allowing such vulnerability that we the readers are taken right into his heart as he describes his emotions. His prose is as always, just beautiful. Cover said 'will hold any reader to its last haunting page'--that was true.
Really? It started out beautifully written and continued to interest me all the way to the 'almost end.' Then it becomes bizarre, unbelievable and loses all the good writing of the other 2/3..just a mishmash of 'oh here's the answer to the mystery'--oh no I thought of a better one, here's answer #2--oh no? well...here's....
I admired and like Barbara Bush and I liked her even more after reading her memoir. She wrote it herself and it's a beautiful reflection of her personality and the way she thinks. "Known for her wit, honesty and compassion, Barbara Bush, in this fascinating autobiograhy candidly talks about her life. Warm, funny and touching.
I don't really know how I feel about this book--not my typical type read (fantasy). I did find that the story kept me going because I wanted to know what ended up happening, but at the end I wasn't interested enough to want to read the next two books in the trilogy.
It's a great book once you get over your initial thinking that it will be some book about ice hockey in a small town that overcomes big obstacles. It isn't. It's so much more and luckily you 'get it' close to the beginning. I'm glad I read it. Great characters, all believable, good life lessons, much wisdom.