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Far Cry From The Turquoise Room Paperback – Large Print, November 3, 2011
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About the Author
Kate Rigby has been writing for over thirty years. She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so decided to write about it in 'Little Guide To Unhip'. However she’s not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka! (2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s avant garde magazine Texts’ Bones. Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007) and is now available on Kindle. She has had other short stories published and shortlisted and has put together a collection of these in 'Tales By Kindlelight'. She has many other fiction titles on Kindle and is planning to get her previously published titles back into paperback as well as previously unpublished titles. Details about Kate’s work can be found at her website: http://kjrbooks.yolasite.com/ Or her occasional blogs can be found at: http://bubbitybooks.blogspot.com/
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I was hooked from the first page of this tale and was happy and surprised to find how relatable the characters were, despite the my unfamiliarity with their culture or locale. Highly enjoyable and fast-paced. I would love to read more from this author!
One thing that strikes me in stories is how much I feel for (or against) the characters. And I REALLY, REALLY disliked Hassan. He's everything I hate in a parent. He blatantly has preference for one daughter and when she dies, he ignores the others' existence. Leila/Jade is also well-developed. The only thing that might be an issue is the fact that she acts SO much older than her age. I frequently forgot that she wasn't 16, as her mannerisms and attitude seem to be much older than what a 10/11/12 year-old acts like in my mind. However, this also lends itself to the story when the reader is irrefutably reminded that she is only 12 in minor ways. And you remember that this is just a CHILD that everybody she comes in contact with aids in running away from home.
I was happy to see that Hassan was not irredeemable, and I may have to pick up the other book in their lives, as this is a family that has the potential to be after-school-special amazing. I definitely recommend this book, if you're into in-depth character studies.
This was both an engaging and sometimes disturbing story of a family in the aftermath of a tragedy.... told from alternating points of view Hassan a wealthy businessman and his 10-year-old daughter Leila.... don’t want to say too much about the plot, because it’s hard to say much without giving anything away.... so I will focus on the characters.... the favorite part of books for me is always the characters..... and the characters in this book were very well-developed and one of them was likable....
Hassan has worked very hard to get where he is, he is an Iranian wealthy businessman living in the UK.... he has a beautiful home, a beautiful wife, a beautiful family, and then tragedy strikes.... now in my opinion I did not care for his character on a personal level.... I did not like how he handled himself throughout the majority of this book, especially in regards to his actions towards his daughter..... he also threw himself a bit of a pity party and didn’t take much responsibility for some things... he was very woah is me.... however even though I did not like him he was very well-developed right down to his speech patterns....
Leila my heart broke for this girl.... where as I wanted to reach into the pages and shake her father I wanted to reach into the pages and give her a big hug.... she just wanted to be loved, she wanted to “be somebody’s favorite person“.... as much as much as I adored her and could so vividly picture her, I had a little bit of an issue with her age.... as a mother of three children who are all past the age of 10 and were pretty independent 10-year-olds.... none of them could have pulled off or survived like this girl... although they had a much better mother than she did.... but don’t get me started on her....
All in all I was very engaged with Leila and her story and her fortitude.... I was disturbed by the parenting in this book although I do recognize I have never gone through this tragedy and there are also some cultural differences.... lastly I truly appreciated the growth in both of these characters throughout the book I found it interesting and realistic...
I’d recommend if you want a quick read with some interesting characters and a compelling story line.... also towards the end of this book I was thinking I really would like to know what happens with this family after all of this, apparently there is another book, going to need to check that out!
*** thank you to the author for a copy of this book ***