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Lilac Mines by Cheryl Klein
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May 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: lgbtqi, fiction
Read from May 13 to 17, 2012

cheryl klein writes in the acknowledgments that this is a novel about community, and the book does feel like this and has a lovely warmth about it. I really enjoyed it, it had great characters and i loved the alternate stories of 25 year old felix in 2002 and her aunt anna lisa in the 60s and 70s.

i liked the issues that were brought up - how felix was happy to be out (but then becomes fearful after being attacked) and is disappointed in her Aunt not being completely open about being gay. Although i am aware of how difficult it must have been to be gay in a small town (and everywhere else!) in the 60s and 70s, it kind of made me think about it again and in different ways.

oh, and there's also another story running alongside it about the town and a girl called lilac who went missing in the late nineteenth century. i liked that too (although maybe not the last chapter so much) and i liked the sense of place that you got from reading it. hurray!

(there's also mining and baking and local history and ghost towns and romance! so you know, you'll like it)

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Lisa M. i'm just curious, what did you dislike about the last section of this book (if you can remember, that is :) )

Sian Lile-Pastore hmmm i don't remember! i should have mentioned it in the review huh?
i'll go check my copy.xx

Lisa M. Haha, it's ok, I was just curious! Have a nice day :)

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