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Life Erupted Paperback – October 26, 2012
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From Publishers Weekly
At age 36, Jenn Bergquist finds life as media relations director of a Minneapolis hospital tolerable if romantically unrewarding. She travels to Iceland when famous psychic Bianca Fiona, awaiting a liver transplant, asks her to work with Bianca's volcanologist brother, Tony. While this fortuitous intervention allows Jenn to escape the hospital, the trip leads to the revelation of decades-old secrets that threaten to change Jenn's life. Although romance prevails and good fortune implausibly intervenes, Jenn never becomes more than a cipher. Stanik evidently draws on her own life experience in creating the well-developed Jenn. However, the implausible action, even less plausible wrapping up, and mixed bag of unusual characters may leave readers indifferent.
"This book is magnificently written and is an impressive work for a first-time author. As I read Life Erupted, I fell in love with the story, illustrations, and especially the characters. I recommend you all read it, as it truly is a wonderful work of art." - On the Danforth magazine (Toronto)
"Stanik evidently draws on her own life experience in creating the well-developed Jenn." - Publishers Weekly
The main character, Jenn, is immediately likable and very vividly drawn; I was able to discern her character very quickly, and I enjoyed the interactions she has with the various other characters. The other characters are drawn well and everyone seems to grow throughout the narrative.
One of the strongest parts of this book is the authorial tone. The descriptions of various people and settings, told through the lens of the POV character, are masterful and set the tone for the book.
Judge, 21st Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards