Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Book Review: Long Time



I don't know that I've ever read a Karen White book that I didn't fall in love with, and I have read every one of her books so far. A Long Time Gone is my most recent read and the mystery element of it kept me up late quite a few nights because I couldn't quit turning the pages to find out what was going on. 

From the Amazon description:

When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she’d left, that’s what happens. Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children.

What she hopes to find is solace with her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. Instead Vivien is forced into the unexpected role of caretaker, challenging her personal quest to find the girl she once was. But things will change again in ways Vivien cannot imagine. A violent storm has revealed the remains of a long-dead woman buried near the Walker home, not far from the cypress swamp that is soon to give up its ghosts.

Vivien knows there is now only one way to rediscover herself—by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted them for generations.

This story is written from three different perspectives in three different times, which is generally a writing technique that I don't love, but I feel like it was very complimentary to the plot line in this story to know the details from all three women's perspectives. Without giving too much away, Vivien is trying to solve the mystery of Adalaide, her great, great grandmother, without much to go on and with only on living person tied to Adalaide to help tell her story. There's also an interesting mother/daughter dynamic between Vivien and her estranged mother, who now suffers from Alzheimer's and has no recollection of  the wrongdoings for which her daughter still holds grudges. There's also a small romantic plotline. It's a very multi-dimensional story, and while not my favorite White book by any stretch, it's still very well-written and worth the read.



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