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Spark: a novel Paperback – January 29, 2013
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For all of her life, Andrea has known one thing for sure: she was born to save her brother's life. As such, she is the ultimate codependent, who only really comes to life when her brother is nearby so that she might save him. In fact, it seems as though she has been in a chrysalis all the years he has been away from her and it is not until he comes back into her life that her carefully wound, seemingly happy life, begins to unfurl. And then it begins to unwind and unwind it does.
At first, Andrea seems tentative about having her recovering pyromaniac brother to come and live with her and her boyfriend, and yet she prepares the apartment as one would do for a new infant; nesting and getting rid of anything that might cause him harm. Once he moves in, she takes things even farther, pushing away her boyfriend so that he might not do the harm she perceives him and his work capable of.
Essentially, she becomes her brother's mother and following in her own mother's footsteps; she is codependent, a helicopter parent. She does not and cannot exist without her brother and his disease.
She also cannot live without his fire. Even though he has spent the past 20 years reforming himself, she doesn't believe that he is truly healed and when the papers start reporting suspicious fires around the city, she convinces herself it is him. Even when she can find no proof in his room or on his person, she believes he is guilty.Read more ›
It is filled with characters that come alive with her writing. You can actually imagine the personalities and nuances of the various characters. Andrea, the main character and 1st person narrative comes alive on the pages. Sally, the Russian, is mysterious and you can imagine her accent as she speaks through the written word. Her brother and her Mother are interesting and in Courtney's taut writing style come across as real, although troubled people.
I truly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys books and are interested in new authors.
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This story is the best kind of writing. Unique characters who are sympathetic yet troubled constantly surprise. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Nan
Great read for anyone interesting in paranoia and the psychological questions asked of a pyromaniac. Easy to connect with the protagonist and want to hear more.Published on June 23, 2013 by Kimberly
It is well-paced and both heart wrenching and heart warming at different points. Courtney Mauk is an incredibly talented storyteller.Published on June 12, 2013 by Jukebokz