PARTICULARS OF THE BOOK :
Published by: Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Author: Tiffany Baker
Purchase this book: Barnes & Noble and Amazon
ABOUT THE AUTHOR :
AN INTERVIEW WITH TIFFANY!!
We are so happy to be able to bring this interview with Tiffany Baker to you today. Tiffany is one of my favorite authors, and I'm so delighted to get to know her better. Here's the interview:
How awesome to get to know something about you and your writing, Tiffany. We have a lot in common...authors we love and treasured possessions, just to name a few. I loved "Burial Rites," too. Wish we were neighbors!
THE BOOKISH DAME REVIEWS :
I feel I've been on a very fortunate trip having just finished "Mercy Snow." It's one of those books that puts the heart back into reading. I felt such a loss of reading material that excited me over the holidays...and since that time, "Burial Rites" and "Mercy Snow" have both resurrected my belief in good books and fantastic authors. Tiffany Baker, in particular, is a gifted writer whose work is just captivating. I fell in love with her as an author when she wrote "The Gilly Salt Sisters," but I have to say that this book really rivals that one!
This is a haunting and gorgeously written book. There is much to be said about the workings of the characters. Their psychology leaves their outward appearance secondary as we become absorbed in their thought processes and machinations. As June, the mill owner's wife, spins her web catching herself up in it as well as the townswomen, we are reminded of how easy it is to fall in our own folly. We become desperate and hungry with Mercy and Hannah. And, we look with frustration at a situation that is both hateful and unfair from the goldfish bowl of the Gods...far above the action of the novel.
This is a magical and meaningful book. Mystical and mythological bits and pieces dot the storyline reminding us that all that we see in the world may not be all there is to it. It's a story that draws you in and keeps the pages turning. There's more than one moral to this story.
The mystery at the center of the novel keeps dancing at the edges of every chapter, leaving us grasping at it like a willow-the-wisp. While we are given a good deal of the actual mystery at the onset, the deeper ones are withheld from us, and we know it! This gives depth and richness to the storyline.
I loved this book. It was one of those I wished would never end. I could happily have gone on reading about these characters...
This is one of those books you just have to read this winter. It's a show-stopper of a novel. I highly recommend it!
5 stars Deborah/TheBookishDame