The Girl, the Gold Tooth and Everything Kindle Edition
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But the true magic in her books is creating believable characters in unbelievable settings and making it all work out. You care about them and want to follow them to the end.
The Girl, the Gold Tooth, and Everything has a mystery element through most of the book that keeps you trying to figure out what is happening, what will happen, and how can this be. The characters, both Mina and others, are so well-drawn. I know somebody like that, you'll think. You feel Mina's unease at her untenable situation, and you want her to take control of her life again, and when she does, you cheer her on. The magic realism touches are the fairy dust on the story. Loved this book!
Life is both lonely and complicated enough- why do Russian-accented Alex and Char'a-tee have to make it even worse? And what happened in the past that was so awful that Doctor Barsheed won't let anyone tell her what happened to her until she can figure it out on her own?
As other reviewers noted, this was a story that made use of magical realism and took frequent dips into dreams and memories. However, the story was made by the fluid descriptions of the reality Mina found herself searching through, and many modern readers will be able to relate to a woman in her early forties trying to remember how she ended up in her current circumstance, why she can't do anything correctly and most importantly what happened to the person she used to be.
I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that this book bears out the importance of trusting your instincts. In other words, if something sounds like bs, walk away even if you don't understand why. Oh, and sometimes the most unreliable person you know might have information you need.
Recommended for Chick Lit fans who love a good mystery.
This latest novel by Francine LaSala (Rita Hayworth's Shoes) is a page turner and head spinner. I started reading The Girl, the Gold Tooth & Everything and foolishly thought I could figure out the journey that Mina Clark was on. Not so fast. As Bette Davis proclaimed in All about Eve, "Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night." Another hit run for Ms. Francine LaSala.
This book follows Mina, an amnesiac, through her life in suburbia as she struggles with debt, an unruly 3 year old daughter, an absent husband, and odd neighbors, all while trying desperately to recall who she is and how she landed in this life that seems so uncomfortable to her.
Francine LaSala quite deftly creates an almost dystopian suburbia. Mina is surrounded by people who all seem in on a conspiracy to prevent her from remembering who she is. There are colorful characters who invade her life, such as a self-help guru, a streetwise savior, and a heavy drinking neighbor. They left me wondering who they really were, how Mina knows them from her mysterious past, and what is motivating them to help her.
As the story progressed, I found myself desperately wanting to learn something, anything, about who Mina was before her amnesia hit 3 years prior, and the terrible tragedy that occurred to bring on her amnesia in the first place. I wanted to slap around many of the characters for withholding critical information, and I got annoyed at Mina for being such a wilting flower and not pushing them harder to reveal their secrets. I found myself suspicious of everyone - Who were they really? What was their true role in Mina's life? Why were they withholding information?
Eventually, all is revealed. However, information is metered out fairly slowly throughout much of the story, with the big reveal at the end.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fast read only finished it because,it was, a book club pick. The story seemed to try to keep a suspense situation going but it felt slow and,unrealistic
Would not recommend.
Really good read with lots of twists and turns. A little confusing at times but liked the way some of the memory questions were answered. Really easy to follow.Published 18 months ago by Sally Richards
This book starts out kind of slow and confusing, partly because the main character, Mina, is confused because she is suffering from amnesia and is not real clear about what is real... Read morePublished on October 12, 2014 by David's Wife
This was my first book by this author and I will not be going back for seconds.
I found the tone of the book to be pretentious. Read more
This book seemed ridiculous at times, but it all adds up to plot twists the reader doesn't see coming. Brilliant! Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by Karen Tannehill
Really got me hooked from the beginning.....and then was completely floored by the ending! In fact, was a little disappointed by the ending, but then.... Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 by montana
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