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Amaryllis in Blueberry Paperback – February 8, 2011
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Here's a line that sums up the Slepys:
"[They] are all islands unto themselves, and while each island may have clean water and electricity and toilets that flush, being isolated on an island is lonely indeed."
Each of the characters, while extensively explored and unrooted, are at their foundation, very shallow. I didn't particularly like or dislike any of them.
Dick Slepy, head of household, is extremely ordinary and particularly foolish for constantly urging the impossible:
"[He] thinks he can will himself a Dane and will his wife affectionate and will his children respectful, [and also] thinks demanding a perfect family, while snapping a photo of what looks like one, is the equivalent of having one.Read more ›
acceptance,Africa,missionaries,fate,buried secrets,sacrifice,slavery,culture difference,exploration of faith,synesthete(visions of artificial light around someone or something)and truth. This is the story of a husband's(Dick) obsession of his wife,Seena,a wife(Seena) who has committed adultery years before,is accused of her husband's murder and four daughters with four secrets.The youngest daughter,Amaryllis,is the child in question,she was born in an Blueberry patch.This is a compelling story of love and a family being forced from their home in Michigan to take up roots as a missionary in Africa,their trials,tributations and culture shock.If you enjoy a complex story with many facets this is a story for you. This book was received for the purpose of review from Gallery Books and details can be found .0at Gallery Books,a division of Simon & Schuster,Inc. and My Book Addiction and More.
All woven in mystery and Greek mythology, the reader becomes enmeshed in the intriguing, often shocking, encounters and revelations this simple family are met with when they leave Michigan and relocate to Africa. For the husband it means starting a new life free of suspicion, while his wife and daughters are drawn to memories of a long ago past.
We highly recommend this book, and expect it to become a book club favorite. There is a lot to talk about once you've come out of your Amaryllis trance.
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Hard to follow all the characters and seemed to be poorly translated from Italian.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
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The author did a good job of developing the characters, love them or hate them, she gave them life on the pages. Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by Lisa
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Well written, full of interesting characters- even if they are self absorbed! Loved the back and forth between different voices. I'm looking forward to her next boom alreadyPublished on January 4, 2013 by karin leppanen
(3.5 stars) The Slepy family is at a hidden boiling point. While on summer vacation in Michigan, Dick, the father, and a pathologist, is confronted by a statement from his youngest... Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Michelle Boytim
This was an OK read. Interesting at times, confusing at others. I think I was more taken with the title and expected something different. I passed it on to a friend who loved it.Published on July 17, 2012 by bmw