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Qualities of Light Paperback – August 25, 2009
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How many writers have caught that lightning-in-a-bottle that is young love? And made it glow with all the sweetness, sweat, and anguished joy that characterize it? Very few, I venture to guess, but here's one to add to the list and love. In prose both elegant and spare, but never without compassion, Mary Carroll Moore limns a romance between two eager, bright, and thoughtful teenaged girls. One is beautiful, confident, and athletic; the other is artistically gifted, a skilled observer of family and friends. But both are tangled in family problems beyond their powers to solve. Zoe, the athlete, lives with her sot of a father, having been unwillingly relinquished by her lesbian mother when another lover drew her away. Molly, the artist, takes on heavy guilt for an accident that almost killed her beloved little brother and struggles with the sad prospect of her parents' possible divorce.
Moore never sentimentalizes these problems, but neither does she let the girls lose hope. On the contrary, as their love unfolds, it becomes their fortress. The story, set in lush summer in the Adirondacks, suffuses the young lovers with those qualities of light that illuminate the water, the woods, and the human heart. Indeed, she provides a bounty for all the senses, as we catch the scent of pines and warm muffins, we hear the splash of waves under water skis, we feel the slip of trembling hands over oiled bodies. We are transported back to that perilous passage, so well remembered, through adolescence and first love. This is a tender and lively coming-of-age tale told with delicate insight. Mary Carroll Moore has given us a romance etched in moonlight--the one we all wish we had had in our seventeenth summer. --Ann Bannon
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A more-or-less normal, teen-angst-filled summer at the lake takes a horrifying turn when Molly yields to her little brother's pleas to take him for a secret birthday boat ride on the lake. Sammy adores his big sister and the feeling is mutual. They slip out at dawn; Molly is sure she can get the speedboat back to the dock before her father wakes up. Laughter and forbidden fun suddenly shatter in one of those split seconds that change lives. As Sammy leans out to reach something that fell into the water, he falls overboard, and he is trapped underwater. He is rescued by his sister and one of her friends, but the rescue took precious seconds of his life.
For the next few weeks Molly and her parents take turns sitting vigil at the bedside of the silent, unmoving little boy, not knowing if he will ever awaken, not knowing if the time underwater without oxygen will leave him with brain damage. Ms. Moore portrays the thoughts, situations, and emotions surrounding Sammy and his family in such a realistic and honest way, that the reader really cannot predict the outcome for Sammy.
Molly not only is guilt-ridden over her part in her brother's life or death struggle, she is dismayed to realize that the rift between her parents has become wider. Will she lose her brother and also her family before the summer is over?
At this time, a newcomer shows up at the lake--beautiful, athletic, grey-eyed redhead Zoe Novato, who is a champion water skier. Brash and outspoken, Zoe is the opposite of the introspective and shy Molly. At seventeen, Zoe's a tad more than a year older but she's years older in life experience. Zoe, as you might expect, becomes Molly's close friend, and before the story is over, she becomes more than a friend. They do make love in a dark cabin, but it's not sudden, it's not exploitive, it's not seduction. The scenes involving love and sex are beautifully written, touching in their portrayal of vulnerable first love.
Will little Sammy ever again hide beneath the cabin's porch and make up happy little songs? Will Molly's parents split, as happens so often when there is a major trauma, or will they find their way back together? Will Molly ever again feel close to her parents? And will she be able to confide in them the explosive discovery she has made about herself this summer? Will Molly and Zoe go their separate ways at the end of summer, and have to face that what they had was just a sweet, fleeting teen romance ? Or will it turn out to be more than that? Please read this lovely book and find out.
Although it's considered a Lesbian romance, it's much more than that. It's most of all a story of a young, vulnerable girl and her family who are facing the most devastating situation any family can face.
Molly and her father are both born artists, and the author permeates many scenes and many of Molly's thoughts and feelings with color and light the way a painter permeates a canvas. It's an elegantly simple book. Lovely in every way.
When a family suffers a shared personal calamity, as mine has, they tend to scurry into their own little lives and Ms. Moore's ability to describe how families work is transformational.
Ms. Moore's talent to show how people grow despite anything is inspiring. There are rumors of a sequel, keep tuned.
Reviewer's note: I have been a writing student of Mary Carroll Moore and she has helped so many people get their book finished! She also has written a great instructional book that is more of a system than just a workbook. Please check out Your Book Starts Here: Create, Craft, and Sell Your First Novel, Memoir, or Nonfiction Book by Mary Carroll Moore.
What's really interesting and authentic about this novel is the push and pull in Molly's life. Dealing with family hardship, while finding herself attracted to the indelible Zoe? It's a perfect example of how life rarely hands out joy and despair in evenly-spaced helpings. I look forward to what's next from this author.
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and shed light on everything we will encounter -the abruptness of family conflict.Read more