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Trust: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, June 29, 2010
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This is an eminently readable novel for all the right reasons especially the dialogue. But also the spareness of the writing and the writer's patent "love" for her characters.
None of this comes easily but Veitch has submerged the hard work and made it seem effortless.
There are so many books to read and so little time but I suggest you find a quiet patch and try reading Trust in one delicious gulp.
Almost everyone in this novel has issues: Gerry is anxious to land some big accounts in order to keep his firm financially solvent; Susanna's mother, Jean, who is seventy-three, regrets having favored Susanna over her daughter, Angie, a former drug addict who has become a religious fundamentalist. Angie's eight-year-old son, Finn, is a poor student who is criticized by his teachers and teased by his classmates. Finn's sole champion is Susanna's fifteen-year-old daughter, Stella-Jean, an artist and a budding entrepreneur who creates and sells stylish clothing. Finally, Stella-Jean's seventeen-year-old brother, Seb, has agonizing personal problems that he dares not discuss with his parents.
Veitch uses symbolism effectively. Although Gerry is an architect, his family's house is desperately in need of renovation. Yet he neglects to take care of this important task, always putting it off until another day. His procrastination is indicative of his priorities; taking care of business at home is not high on his to-do list.Read more ›
A car accident leaves the two sisters stunned with grief though Susana focuses on painting for her upcoming exhibit. Angie's son Finn is fearful of his mother's boyfriend from the Faith Rise Church, gospel-singing Gabriel while Susanna learns the truth about her monogamous marriage and Angie learns the truth about her boyfriend. Life seems to be falling apart for the siblings, but each shows strengths that neither expected they had.
Although the story line has a soap opera feel to it, the strong cast makes the tale worth reading. Susanna is an incredible individual as her children Stella-Jean and Sebastian would testify with Stella-Jean showing similar fortitude late in the novel. Angie is an addictive personality needing to belong. Whereas the two adult males are selfish and abusive though in radically different ways as Gerry is verbally disdainful of his wife while Gabriel is ugly to Finn. Fans will root for the two sisters to kick the men in their respective lives to the curb, but doubt either has the strength to do so in this entertaining family drama.
I bought this because I was intrigued by the back cover blurb that mentioned betrayal and forgiveness. With those themes, I expected a complex story with fully formed characters who had both strengths and weaknesses. Instead, I found caricatures of political correctness. For example:
1. Gays are good. They are sensitive and loving. They are creative and most of them are very good-looking.
2. Married men cheat on their wives and only care about themselves.
3. Christians are especially bad. There are a few different types of Christians. The church is a haven for sadistic predators who enjoy hurting other people and pointing to the Bible to rationalize their behavior. And by the way, they are ugly and deformed. Those who are not actively sadistic are enablers and they prey on the poor by bamboozling them out of what little money they have. Those who don't fall into the previous categories are naive sheep, probably needy ex-drug addicts who desperately cling to Christianity until they can be "saved" by the enlightenment of atheists. When they see the light they may not be able to embrace atheism, but maybe they can at least progress far enough to switch over to some non-Christian belief system.
4. Recycling is good. (Ok, I'm fine with recycling, but it just seemed so artificially shoehorned in and by the time I read that sentence I was sick and tired of being lectured to about the liberal/progressive agenda.)
5. Art is good. Especially ugly, shocking art. Art with a message is particularly good.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good read but not as good as kates other book listenPublished 9 months ago by Raylene Robinson
This book took a few chapters to finally engage with the characters in the book. Once I did, however, I found the women and the symbolism to be absolutely beautiful. Read morePublished on August 15, 2010 by N. Taylor
This is a thoroughly modern and extremely well-crafted novel which tackles self-discovery, but with a great and fast-paced plot filled with really interesting characters and... Read morePublished on July 15, 2010 by connieg
I loved this book. Veitch's first novel was wonderful but in this work she has honed her skills to a fine degree. Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by Ms. Susan L. Purdy
I was eagerly awaiting Kate Veitch's second novel Trust having thoroughly enjoyed reading her first novel, Without a Backward Glance. This one didn't disappoint. Read morePublished on July 9, 2010 by Yvonne Chapman
"Kate's new novel Trust explores how trust can be manipulated by people for their own ends or to protect those they love. Read morePublished on July 8, 2010 by Irina Dunn