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Branches Paperback – December 8, 2012
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About the Author
Rebecca Sloan is the author of four novels, three screenplays, hundreds of poems and a dozen short stories. BRANCHES is the first of her novels to be published. Cover Art by Rebecca Star Haviland, an artist who lives and creates in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Neely, the main character of this novel, is going through hard times in her life and finds dealing with family difficult to do. But then its her love of family that brings her through. Branches tells the story of three generations of the women of the Sims family. Attitudes and relationships borne out of secrets and lies have destroyed the bonds that should be the strongest - - the love between mother and child. But this story shows that all it takes is a look in a mirror and at one's own actions to understand the choices others make in their life. Neely, not understanding that her wrongs were no different than her grandfather and mother almost throws away what is most precious to all of us - love. In the end I'm not sure that Neely sees the whole picture, even though her issues are resolved, but Ms. Sloan has cleverly written a story that will teach her readers about the love of family and, more importantly, forgiveness. The author, in her debut novel, does an excellent job of creating a story that is familiar and heartbreaking.
On the flip side, while the writing is good, I found the switching of POV redundant and disruptive to the flow. I thought that too much description followed dialogue, instead of letting dialogue itself dictate the characters emotions. Sometimes the emotions of the characters seemed out of place. However, the story is so engrossing, and has such a ring of authenticity that those things are set aside as the story keeps the reader turning the page.
A very enjoyable read, I would highly recommend it.
Sloan put me into the various time periods with her descriptive prose, and into the minds and hearts of the characters in this page-turner.
Who writes stuff this good?
"Funny how your mental image of someone is based on how you feel about them. If you love them, your thoughts are gentle; if you don't, your thoughts are wrapped in barbed wire."
"Years of bitterness layered with chilly resentment coat the telephone line and there's no way to get back to warmth."
I felt the characters' joy and pains, and that's what great writing will do!