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Becoming Lin Paperback – March 20, 2017
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“Some of the most powerful and eloquent Canadian novelists of the 20th and 21st century belong to this tradition, including Margaret Atwood, Margaret Lawrence and Ethel Wilson. These are authors who open up what had been cloaked in silence, the oppression of women and their self-discoveries in resistance. We can now add to this important liberation canon the name of Tricia Dower…”
― The Vancouver Sun
“In Becoming Lin Tricia Dower has established herself as a literary force to be reckoned with. This quietly compelling novel accomplishes the magical―it allows us to become ourselves at the same time we watch this great Canadian heroine become herself. Touching, genuine, visceral and real.”
―Richard Wagamese, Award-winning author of Indian Horse and Medicine Walk
“Set in small town Minnesota at a time when the Vietnam War was being fought and resisted, Becoming Lin is utterly convincing―a fascinating, absorbing blend of history and the domestic, as well as a powerful reminder of the personal cost paid for the freedoms and rights we are still struggling to maintain.”
―Kathy Page, Celebrated author of The Story of My Face, Alphabet and Paradise & Elsewhere
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It's a hard knock on a character whose choices are often limited by the situations she finds herself in. Growing up, she was raised in a household where her parents put her in the middle of their bitter rivalry. Later on, as an overweight girl in a small town, she's the repeated bearer of rude comments and sly insults, and quickly comes to find "females in packs menacing." And tragically when she becomes a teenager, she's the victim of a sexual assault that will haunt her for the rest of her life.
It's no wonder that when she marries a young pastor, a guy she knows nothing about, she comes across as closed off and guarded. So what if she's not a people person? There's nothing wrong with that. But instead of following her gut and just being herself, she tries to play the role her husband and his parishioners expect her to fill.
And big surprise when it doesn't work out.
After years of trying to make a go of it, the numbness that seeps into her bones gets to be too much for her. All she owns are the thoughts in her head, and she wants something more, a lot more. So she separates from her husband, gets her own apartment, and a job with an insurance agency, and for the first time feels like she doesn't need to be rescued by anybody, that she can actually take care of herself.
Until she finds out that her husband's been having her followed and even lets himself into her apartment while she's at work in order to read her journal to see what she's been saying about him.
So what does Lin do? Does she stand up for herself? Does she go back to him? Are they able to find some common ground?
Well, you'll just have to read the book and find out.
I love the fact that Becoming Lin takes place in the same universe as Stony River. Quite a few of the characters we meet in the first book make their way into this one. While this book is a standalone, it does provide references to events that took place in the first book. In a sense this is a continuation of that book, yet it holds up all its own, giving us a further glimpse into Linda's chaotic life.
Linda is a woman who's suffered so much. She's traumatized by the events that took place during her youth, though she does her best to hide it. Through every turn of the page, we get to see vulnerabilities and her insecurities. Deep inside, she wants to be strong. She wants to be more than her husband thinks she is. Yet her past often catches up with her at the most inopportune times.
Tricia is such a wonderful storyteller. She's given us a story that takes place in what is now a bygone era, painting such vivid pictures of the people, places, the culture, and attitudes that people had back then. Looking at the way things are now, and how they were then, it's sometimes mind-boggling at how turbulent life was back then. Every little thing a person did was heavily scrutinized. Ideals and morals were also strongly upheld during this time period. Life had a way of turning and heading in unexpected directions, something the author shows us as Linda's new life unfolds throughout the story itself.
If you haven't had the chance to read the first book, I recommend you do. It'll give you a little more insight in regards to some events that are mentioned in this story. A truly captivating story, Becoming Lin is definitely a story that will stick with you long after you've read the book.
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