BARRIE HILL REUNION Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B076GMQBR4
- Publisher : Saberlee Books (October 14, 2017)
- Publication date : October 14, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2884 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 315 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #807,854 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The dialogue-rich narrative drives the plot and exposes twenty years of secrets, passions, and lives gone awry. Among the friends present, one in particular stands out. Leah Brent, who lacks any self-critical conscience bulldozes her way into conversations with an acid tongue. She hurls insults for sport and takes great pride in causing pain for the others.
You know she will eventually get her ‘just desserts,’ but you have no idea how sweet it will be. With numerous surprises along the way, Ms. Brodey doles out each morsel like pieces of calorie-rich chocolate. The journey to discovery is quite delicious.
In the hands of a lesser author, the story might have seemed fantastical, but Ms. Brodey’s skill in building her characters’ motivations draws us into the lives of believable people. Each is flawed in their own ways, but there is definitely a sliding scale of flaws. Amongst this group of friends, some shortcomings are acceptable and some are not. How we as readers, choose to judge them may very well reflect our own moral standards.
I truly enjoyed being that proverbial fly on the wall at the BARRIE HILL REUNION.
We follow the group through each reunion event, watching as the details, dramas, and sometimes snide remarks unfold. Some seem bent on causing discomfort and strife within the group and will use any means necessary to achieve it. Will their motives bring the reunion to an abrupt end? As the member's stories unfold, life's complexities are revealed. For a few, major changes are underway as they confide their secrets to those they trust.
Author Brodey takes us through a captivating, reunion weekend with a group of friends who were once close. Twenty years definitely changes the group dynamics, however, and we soon witness the strengths and weaknesses of each member, and whether or not the friendships will endure. A surprise reveal at the end leaves the group reeling. This is a gripping read, highly recommended!
The novel takes place 20 years after graduation, at the same hotel where the group had held its meetings. While most reunions are populated by candidates for the Miss (or Mr.) Congeniality Award, the Barrie Hillers suffered through a series of antagonistic behaviors from Leah, whose unfiltered comments and accusations serve as the catalyst for a very stressful weekend. As we become aware of Leah’s devious agenda we also experience the collateral damage done to well defined characters whose backgrounds are reveals through dialogue rather than exposition.
The author does a masterful job of masking major turning points and surprises. It is definitely the best literary fiction novel I have read in years.
Barrie Hill Reunion is all about the characters. The story is about a group of people, their problems, and their fears, hopes, and dreams. And what makes the book fun is that the characters are quite colorful, each in his or her own way, even while staying very much true to life.
The story is largely told through dialogue. No longwinded passages of description that we just end up skimming or skipping. The characters tell us their stories, not the writer.
I won’t go into the plot. Others have already done so. What I will say is that Barrie Hill Reunion is a delightful novel. One that not only entertains, but gives us pause to think about life and what is most important in it. Something that is very different for each of us.
Very highly recommended.