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Fractured Facade Paperback – October 19, 2012
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About the Author
With one foot planted in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia and the other in the streets of Brooklyn, New York, Elena DeRosa enjoys the best of both worlds. Born and raised in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, Elena primarily resides in Roanoke with her husband, two children, and quirky Malti-Zhu. A former videotape editor, producer, and freelance newspaper columnist, Elena’s most rewarding career has been the years spent raising her children. Elena now looks forward to being able to spend more time on her passion…writing. Blogging, photography, and paranormal investigating are her hobbies. “Fractured Facade,” a novel written as memoir, was her debut book. “The Valentine’s Day Curse,” a short story, is her most recent publication. For more information please visit -- http://www.elenaderosa.com
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Her dad worked for the city of New York until he retired. But when he needed his city to care about his life and death, they didn't have the time. But Marie asked questions, when, where and why? She called, wrote and hounded the city for answers. In all that time only 2 city workers gave her hints on what to do. Marie's mom and dad, wanted her to take care of her family, and she stepped up and fought city hall.
Her dad, Tony, met a "new lady friend" after his wife died. She took Tony for a ride right Into the deepest part of dispare, with her red hair and her mean spirit. Even after Marie warned her dad this lady was trouble, he told her he could take care of it. Well he did take care of the "Evil Redhead" from the grave. This unspeakable woman tried to take everything she could get her hands on, and spit in Marie's face.
There was a lesson to learn in the book, go with your gut, don't let doors shut in your face, trust you faith and power to get the answers you need. I have always believed if something is wrong, make it right. Marie, showed her children that evil does not win in the end. Being a warrior of good does.
But she doesn't stop there.
She then takes each character and shows how they fall into this fascinating family dynamic. There are too many issues she manages to deal with in this book - death, murder, fraud, forgiveness, love, revenge, healing - I could go on forever.
I can't wait for the next!
The prose is crisp and the story moves right along at a crackling pace. The protagonist and her family are fully drawn and well fleshed out. I did feel that the "bad actors" were a little one dimensional, but that's a minor quibble.
I am rarely surprised by the plot of a book, but this one held some surprises for me. The story didn't end the way that I thought it would and initially, I was disappointed. The bad actors don't get a traditional comeuppance and not all the mysteries are solved in a tidy way.
However, a funny thing happened as I ruminated on the story. It occurred to me that it was very true to life. We don't always get all the answers we want and the bad guy doesn't always get nabbed.
The story mattered more because of the lessons that the protagonist learns...about herself, her family and life in general.
It was, overall, a great story and I look forward to reading more of Ms. DeRosa's writing.
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