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Blue Paperback – September 10, 2013
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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The premise is original: an imaginary land created in great detail by a little girl and her father, as a way to distract Becky from the pains and terrors of dealing with leukemia and its treatment. It's touching, as the father and daughter share their nightly stories about Tamarisk and its history, geography, and inhabitants both human and otherwise. Becky grows into adolescence, and the plants and animals of Tamarisk become less Disneylike and more creative. When her parents divorce, not amicably, Becky's time with Chris, her dad, is limited to the usual weekends-and-one-night-a-week arrangement. Her anger with Chris for leaving "the family" makes her refuse any more Tamarisk collaboration. Becky's illness is in remission, and she does her best to live the life of a normal fourteen-year-old. Meanwhile, Chris grieves at their emotional separation.
Then we discover that Tamarisk has a life of its own. The fantasy land has continued to develop even in the absence of further creation from Becky and Chris! The young princess created by little Becky is now the queen; and a mysterious blight is affecting Tamarisk's plant life, changing its entire ecosystems in unimaginable ways. Becky finds herself visiting Tamarisk and becoming friends with Miea, the queen. She convinces her botanist father to accompany her on her brief visits in the hope of finding some solution to the blight.Read more ›
Overall, its a good story, the general plot reminded me of Pan's Labyrinth, although the fact that the quilt turns blue at the end suggests that Tamarisk is, indeed, a real place.
Blue is an amazing love story. One that will touch you deeply and stay with you long after you close the book. I do not know the author. I do not know his history with leukemia or a seriously ill child. I do not even know if he has ever personally dealt with these issues. I do know he writes as one who has intimately known both cancer and a seriously ill child. Blue is one book I would give a sky full of stars to.
I think it has potential but clearly, it's missing the mark and I'm glad I got it when it was free.
This book was very emotional and I very nearly cried as I read it on an airplane (don't worry - I managed to hold back the tears and avoid a very awkward situation!). The story deeply resonated with me, as I'm sure it does with many others. I highly recommend it for daughters, fathers, and anyone with an imagination who has ever imagined another world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was great. There were times when I felt slightly annoyed with the writing style (like going through cooking a whole chicken pot pie when it didn't add anything to the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bradley Mugar
This story grabbed me on so many levels. The author captured so many levels of grief, hope, adjustment, fatherhood, life, etc. this is an exceptionally well written book.Published 3 months ago by D. Dobler
I read this book a few years ago and plan on reading it again soon as I really love it, but wanted to 'wonder' out loud.... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sandy Myers
A hopeful read, with a somewhat predictable plot, but nevertheless an enjoyable story. A fantasy world I'd love to visit.Published 15 months ago by Stevie
It took me a little while to get into the story, but once I caught on and realized where it was going, it really held my interest. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Teesie
This was one of a set of books I downloaded a year or two back. I think they were mostly the $0-$3 kind, which are generally very hit-or-miss. Read morePublished 16 months ago by WannabeWriter