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Book Review 111: The Woman Behind the Waterfall by Leonora Meriel

Does a child have to carry the burdens of the parents’ choices?  Does a child have to take on the pain that a parent can not let go of? Can a child free a parent of the pain and burdens they have kept as a part of their identity?

Those aforementioned questions came to mind as I read The Woman Behind the Waterfall by Leonora Meriel. Meriel tells the story of Angela, a seven-year-old Ukrainian girl who comes upon her mother crying uncontrollably at the beginning of the novel.  She learns that her mother is carrying the wounds of the past and can not let go of them.  Angela wants to help her mother release those wounds and find happiness again. The child learns that she has a connection to her grandmother who appears underneath a waterfall by a local river.

Angela realizes from her grandmother that the mother could be trapped by the past forever if she does not show her the way out from that pain.  The child has a connection to a spirit that assists her in getting the mother to see she has something living for despite what has happened in her life.

Meriel’s ethereal and subtle prose reminded me of another novel, The Messenger by K.M. Tremills, I reviewed.  The prose was layered and poignant like the aforementioned novel.  And I believe would reveal more of itself upon a re-read.  If you are looking for a book to escape into for a few days, then The Woman Behind the Waterfall is an excellent choice.  Recommended.

I received a copy of the novel from the author in exchange for this review.

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Book Review 110: Make Art Make Money by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens

Is it possible to succeed as an artist and entrepreneur? Elizabeth Hyde Stevens examines this question in her book, Make Art Make Money, about how Jim Henson navigated the parallel worlds of art and business to become one of the greatest American artist-entrepreneurs. Make Art Make Money explores how this gentle man had an innate… Continue Reading

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Book Review 107: A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny

“It’s exactly that. Lillian Dyson murdered, or tried to murder, many people. Not physically, but just as cruelly. By taking away their dreams. Their creations.” “Her weapon was her reviews,” said Normand. “They weren’t just reviews,” agreed Gamache. “Creative people know being reviewed, and sometimes badly, is part of the package. Not pleasant, but a… Continue Reading

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