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Pieces of a Rainbow by Maria Savva
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Nov 11, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction
Recommended for: everyone
Read in September, 2009 — I own a copy

Two young girls poison their souls for life by keeping the secret of how they accidentally burned down a house, with its occupants (a mother and baby) disappearing in the fire. A single mom struggles to raise her two children, a boy and a girl, in a neighborhood rampant with gang violence. A romantic encounter at a beautiful seaside resort between two hurt and lonely people almost happens, but doesn’t. A woman tries to trick her girlfriend by bribing her fortuneteller, but is it she or the fortuneteller who has the “last laugh”? A mother who becomes a criminal due to her own husband’s influence, goes to jail while he squeaks by without breaking any laws. What happens when her time is up in a world where criminals run free while the results of their “lawful” activities get locked away? A girl’s jealousy for her best friend not only hurts their friendship, but ruins her own chance for happiness with the boy whom she loves. A mother loses the confidence of everyone, even her husband, when her baby is kidnapped while under her care. He divorces her, taking the children with him, only to run into his own problems. She eventually recovers all her children, and finds true happiness with another man, one who will stand by her through thick and thin.

This is a collection of truly fresh, remarkable and even haunting stories, any one of which would make an excellent TV drama (or movie). There is a memorable intensity to all of them, a few of which I can’t get out of my head. Each story is varied and unique, and I must say I admire Maria Savva’s writing ability as expressed in the diversity of her characters. For instance, the character, Savannah, in “Seeing Red” (the woman criminal) is incredibly realistic in both the limitations of her intellect (to fully understand what’s going on around her), and in the depth of her needs and her craving to be loved.

Reading this collection of short stories was a real treat!
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Andrea Kulman WOW! What a great review.


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