Marie Manilla's Reviews > Free Verse
Marie Manilla's review
May 12, 2016
Sarah Dooley’s FREE VERSE may have been written for young readers, but it’s a novel for every age group. Set in my home state of West Virginia, the novel describes not only the fear of disaster coal miners and their families live under, but it reveals the big-hearted resiliency of the Appalachian spirit. Sasha, our protagonist and would-be poet, has lost her father to mining and a brother to firefighting. Thankfully, she is embraced by a make-shift family that helps her get a toehold in a terrain she will ultimately call home. Dooley’s prose is gorgeous, and she brilliantly expresses Sasha’s internal struggles through the poetry the young girl writes. It’s a stunning and poignant novel.
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