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One of the best stories I've read all year,
This review is from: City in Amber (Paperback)
Our book group recently read City in Amber. To a person, all nine of us were awestruck by Jay Atkinson's masterful storytelling talents, even before we learned that he dedicated a decade of his life to researching the context of his story: Lawrence, MA. Clearly, the author's extensive knowledge of this old mill city and its inhabitants for over 100 years inspired him to weave together a compelling plotline and believable characters.
It's been over three months since I finished City in Amber. While the reading of the novel engaged me for several days, remarkably, I am still thinking about it. Since the story reveals the interconnectedness of the work and relationships of a few families over several generations, I began to wonder about the unknowns in my own family's history. Never before have I considered that my grandfather's toil on a poor Irish farm may have shaped who I am today, over a century later. Similarly, I wonder how did the New York work lives of my immigrant grandparents-- a merchant, a truck driver, and a textile worker--affect what I have become. Of course, our individual destinies, like those of the characters in the book, are shaped by family, social status, relationships, war, change, work, technology, and our unique "time" Never before reading City in Amber did I consider that I have received much more than DNA from my ancestors.
If you want an engrossing book whose impact will remain with you, even months later, read City in Amber.