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Kiernan shows the depth of the humanity of the characters than most writers. The way Jane pretends to be still asleep briefly when someone else is in the tent -- that's the kind of tiny subtle quirky thing we all do, but that level of detail is rarely captured in prose so often focused these days on simply moving the plot forward at the sake of character development.
It's told with sensitivity of language that's delicate and bold at the same time. I love the stockholm syndrome with the father, the way she's given in and stayed friends with him, the way they don't talk about it, yet there is love. Getting reactions like that to sound believable, possible to identify with, moment by moment in the ambiguity, hesitance, domination, is tough, and she does it masterfully.
There are many wonderful passages -- but please know, it isn't "simply" gorgeous language -- this is a novel, with plot and character and all you can ask for (and more) in only 105 pages. Here's one: "It strikes you then, what you have been seeing in that kind, familiar face of hers, and you can name the thing that has drawn you to her quiet and her peace: it is lunacy." And this "All around you, the desert looked shocked." And more.
It is a slender and fine piece of fiction.
The language and imagery is so beautifully crafted that some passages could almost pass as poetry but it is true to its’ title: Great Divide: A Novel. It is a novel with well developed characters and plot that pull you inside them. (Indeed, a particularly rainy night while I read this novel made me feel anxious- the rain and flood in the book creeping into my reality.) Novel, also, is her use of standard print and italics to differentiate past and present and her use of second person/you to accentuate the main character’s emotional journey as she travels just ahead of the storm. Great book!
If there is any fault to this book, it is that it is too short both in plot and in time spent with Jane. At the risk of spoilers, the resolution is not final, and I was left with a desire to hear more and learn what happens next.
I am looking forward to more great work by Emily Kiernan.