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The Narrow Gate Paperback – November 15, 2012
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We enjoyed the novel so much and found the themes so interesting that we're hosting a book club soon. We're thrilled that Juli will be attending!
The story is a rich tapestry of imagery and a delight to the senses. I fell in love with the main character, rose McGuire and found myself rooting for her to find the peace she so justly deserved.
The story feels like an arrangement of music brought to life with words. Generations speak to us about their lives, loves and abject failures and they are no different even today. The notion of family is not one we see from vintage posters of perfect women and children but rather a painful coming of age of ordinary people in society. Here the narrative talks about how the main character rose is like a flower blown by the wind. One minute she craves for the nourishment of her mother and next she is subject to the wrong type of attention. She manages to survive, endure and build a life although with much defeat and loss. Rose could be any one of us today and that is what makes the narrative so fresh. It felt like the warm embrace of an old friend -- the classics that have fostered generations. The language is exquisite, chapters arranged with just enough pulse and each character holding their own easily. The dialogue was meaningful and spaced well, even though the point of view changes the story keeps the reader engaged.
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This was a interesting read if I may say, a bit hard to get into, but I did push forward and finished it.Read more