Saturday, November 10, 2007
Of Books and Friends
If you enjoyed Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s previous novels (The Cure For Death By Lightning, A Recipe For Bees and A Rhinestone Button) you’ll be happy to know she has produced another great read.
Turtle Valley is a story of a family brought together during a time of crisis – each member possessing their own special needs, secrets and losses. As a raging fire encroaches upon their home – threatening lives, precious keepsakes and memories – the family learns at what price secrets have been kept. They must learn to understand and forgive both themselves and one another in order to let the go of those secrets and to continue on despite loss. Although the fire ultimately erases their physical surroundings, the memories they uncover and share enable the family to embark upon a future far more open and liberating.
I must confess there were moments I felt overwhelmed by the numerous images/references to fire (i.e. “Lady-bug, lady-bug, fly away home…,” an old flame “rekindled”), memory loss (i.e. characters suffering from dementia, stroke, post-traumatic stress disorder) and the past (ghostly images haunting their lives). Ultimately, the author makes it work. You acknowledge the references and continue on – engrossed in a compelling tale of coming to terms with the mysteries of the past and of a family whose love and care for one other is so tenderly portrayed.
One of my favourite parts of the book are the black and white photographs that appear at the beginning of each chapter. They show cherished items from the past – precious possessions which allow us to preserve and keep our memories alive.
Those memories of who we once were, and of those who came before us, provide guidance and direction as to who we are now and what we shall become.
THE COLORS of FRIENDSHIP
Shari of Literally-Blindsided passed along this award to me.
Thank you, my friend.
To those who receive this award, the following description applies:
"They color my life with the beautiful hues of friendship. Although we come from different backgrounds and cultures we share the same spirit of friendship."
Blogging and other means of communication via the Internet enable us to touch the lives of so many people we would otherwise never know. Friendships are formed - laughter and sorrow are shared. The world and those who inhabit it have become far more accessible. That “spirit of friendship” crosses both borders and language barriers. May it continue to do so and make the world a kinder and more peaceful place.
As usual, I’m stymied as to passing along the award – not because there’s no one worthy but because all my blog friends are. I once bestowed an award to everyone – no takers.
I’ll try again. You are all worthy and deserve it.
My friends - consider yourself awarded.