Friday, September 14, 2012

Playing with Matches


By Carolyn Wall

Clea Shine was born into a situation that was repeating itself. Clea was born unwanted to an unwed mother, just as her mother had been. Both Clea’s mother and grandmother
lived only to entertain themselves and men in their Mississippi hometown. The prison down the road provided ample opportunity. All of the men in the area knew where to go for a good time, and their women knew it. Everyone also knew that Clea was from this background.

When Clea was born, her mother immediately put her into a basket and gave her to a neighbor woman. Unmarried Jerusha raised Clea as her own child. Clea knew who her mother really was, and always felt out of place. She never felt she really belonged anywhere or to anyone. She felt she was a burden to everyone, including herself.

After a lifetime of struggling with her past and choices made by herself and others, Clea goes back to where it all began. With the help of Aunt Jerusha, Clea forces herself to get the answers she needs and then to face herself.

This poignant novel is heartbreaking and yet redeeming. Carolyn Wall explores how we punish ourselves for things beyond our control. This is a novel not to be missed.


8 comments:

  1. Hi. Thanx for your kind comments. I see you review books. Would you consider reviewing my friend's book Trouble the Cat? http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-the-Cat-ebook/dp/B007PFX9Q0. Thanx again.

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    1. Hi...I sent you my email. Email me the info. I'd be happy to do it!

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  2. I'm sorry, her new book is The Gift of Magic, which includes Trouble the Cat. Thanx. http://www.amazon.com/The-Gift-of-Magic-ebook/dp/B008G1GDLA/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1

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  3. Playing with Matches sounds like an interesting read.
    Great book review. I'll see if I can get it at our library. Popular books usually have a very long list of reservations.

    JB

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    1. Thanks Julia! I am checking into her other one, too.

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  4. Terrific review. I'd not heard of this book before; it sounds quite fascinating.

    Happy weekend!

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