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Salena Fehnel bears the brand of a bi-coastal adult, gravitating toward sunshine and salty waters. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry has been published in East Meets West, American Writer’s Review, The Cohort Review, Calliope, and in the national bestselling anthology My Parents Were Awesome. She teaches writing and literature at Berkeley College in New Jersey, where she savors students’ first experiences with great fiction writing. She shares her home in the Poconos with her husband, their daughter, and their overly-snuggly Great Dane.
Written by an extremely talented author, Nesting Dolls is a worthwhile read that you will be unable to walk away from. Each character and location is provided with such detail it seems like you know the characters personally and have been to each place countless times. Following the tales of three generations of women from one family, Salena Fehnel artfully illustrates the choices, dysfunction, and hardships that define each female, showing how all their choices influence one another. Nesting Dolls contains all the elements that make a story intriguing from the characters’ ability to rise above the trials that have been dealt to a forbidden, deep love that keeps you holding out hope that there is a way to be together. A must read!
This book just grabs you. It is ingeniously constructed. It tells the story of three generations of broken women and the choices they made to be able to live the lives they have as a result of the previous choices they made. what is remarkable is how each woman has a very distinct voice. The author carefully captures the personality of each woman and expresses it so subtly with the words they each use and the way they express themselves. It is a beautiful book that I read all in one sitting. I am sorry that I reached the end.
This story was so moving and it broke my heart. The relationship between mother and daughter is told in reverse and goes back 3 generations. It was a unique way to see how the characters ended up where they did. The author did an amazing job. The story is well written and I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was there through every scene. I highly recommend it!! I am looking forward to more by this truly talented author!!
I just finished this first novel of local author, Salena Fehnel. This emotional story of three generations of dysfunctional women is raw and eye opening. I found it interesting that this story was told in reverse, it allowed the reader to slowly put the pieces of the characters together and understand how they ended up where they did. The book is heart wrenching and captivating at the same time.
WOW that's the best one word to describe this story. I could not put it down. When I was on the last page I was sorry it was over. Written as if you are there watching it unfold around you. Salena Fehnel will become one of my favorite authors. I am already waiting for the next book to be written by this expressive and sensitive woman. This is the first book that I have been inclined to review and I have read hundreds.
Enjoyed reading Nesting Dolls. Parts of the book had me in tears and other parts gave me hope. There were gaps in the stories but covering the 3 generations allowed the story to flow. The mood of the book was variable and sometimes the story was predictable but overall there was good feeling that things would work out.
What a great book. I loved every bit of it. The story telling was very different. I was disappointed that it had to end.....I could have read so much more with each character. Salena, you did a fabulous job with this book. I look forward to more. Thanks.
I couldn't put this book down! The heroines of the story were capturing. I was lost in the multigenerational accounts scripted perfectly to show the choices and consequences each mother makes and the effects each daughter endures. In some books, characters come to life as we read, but in others, such as this, they stay with us forever.