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  • By Catherine Astolfo
    Jan 26, 2009
    "Legacy: Review by Lisa Dwyer" To the author: despite the dark subject matter, I found it difficult putting it down. I was reading on the subway, going to and from work and nearly missed my stop a few times because I was so engrossed in the stories (and there were certainly a lot of different stories within 1 story!) It seemed like every mystery begot another mystery...with everything coming full circle. You developed one story line after another and somehow managed to connect them all despite the feeling that they were all very separate, unconnected stories. It was kind of like reading several different stories/novels...at least that's how I felt. You build such rich characters. In fact, I find myself really craving these characters be brought to life on film. I'm very much a visual person, not much of a reader. Even so, you put so much information and detail in every sentence that I had to keep going back and re-reading so I didn't miss something important...that's why it... More > took so long for me to read it. To steal one of your sentences...."...stretching out the words so that each one is infused with far more than a single syllable; they are whole sentences of meaning unto themselves"....That's what you do with the written word. It must be an exhausting process for you because you pack every sentence with so much! I'm embarrassed to say that I did have to open a dictionary a couple times though! You have such a sympathetic way of making even the most unsavoury character somehow have a legitimate excuse for how they turned out. And we end up feeling empathy. Even the most seemingly evil maybe ended up that way because of what they were exposed to early in life. How much is genetic, how much is environment? What makes evil? Are some people just plain evil? I think a couple of lessons I got out of your novels, is that everyone has issues, and everyone deserves a second chance at happiness. Can one overcome the legacy of their past or of family connections? People can overcome. Love can overcome. You always end on a positive, hopeful feeling. I also get the sense you're making a strong comment on child abuse and animal abuse and your love for the rich native heritage of Canada. I'm sure you must have seen a lot being in education. I found it interesting the way you structured each chapter, devoted to a specific character at a specific moment of time in their life....and then ending each chapter right at the point of a pivotal event. Leaving the reader having to wonder when and where we'll get to learn more or find an answer to what just happened.....great writing tool! Just like still no answers, just more hints on what happened in Vancouver....brilliant marketing tool! You've already sold your next novel!< Less
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Product Details

Publisher
Moe Publications
Published
January 26, 2009
Language
English
Pages
330
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.23 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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