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Amaryllis in Blueberry by Christina Meldrum
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Oct 15, 11

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Read in October, 2011

Not only was the title of this book absolutely delicious, so, too, was the language. This literary novel wove together Greek mythology, faith, and family drama and offered a metaphorical feast. The story did not disappoint plot-wise as the tension and stakes were raised at the story’s conclusion.

Amaryllis in Blueberry is the story of a family with four young daughters – a family that is rapidly falling apart at the seams, and of a distant mother who was never quite available emotionally to her children (all but one). That decline is accelerated when the family moves to West Africa where each character is thrust into unfathomable circumstances that force each to do a great deal of soul-searching.

The story is told in eight points of view with alternating “The End,” and “After” designations to guide the reader from past to present and “After Africa” and “Before Africa.” To some readers, this format and layout may be jarring, but I actually enjoyed moving in and out of time and getting in the heads of each character to hear his/her different perspectives (many times of the same events with completely different interpretations).

If you enjoy character-driven literary novels with deeply philosophical characters, this novel is a must-read.
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