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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Hania Lanski is a pianist and could be a very famous one if it weren’t for her figure. To put it simply, she was fat. She did get a job at a school, teaching first graders to sing. She wanted more than that. Her Grandmother died in Poland and since he couldn’t go, her Father let Hania go in his place. She was to visit her aunt and uncle for the summer. Things began to go wrong from the time she got on the plane. It was delayed for hours and by the time she reached Poland, she had missed her Grandmother’s funeral. Then, no one was there to meet her so she had to take a cab. The driver seemed to think the roads were a race track so, although the building he stopped at looked uninhabited, she got out. She went through the gate and began remembering where she was and made it to the third floor where her Uncle’s apartment (formerly her Grandmother’s). When she finally got into the apartment because Konstanty Radzimoyski knocked louder on the door. He lived upstairs and she had met him when she was 5 and spent the summer with her Grandmother. Her cousins, Kalina and Maks, were not very hospitable and the apartment was dirty and cluttered. Kalina was 15 and Maks was 6. They had grown use to their parents going off and leaving them with babysitters. To them, Hania was just another babysitter. Hania gets a call from her Uncle explaining he and his wife couldn’t get home for a few days. Despite what she tells him, he ignores everything she says, just like her Father had. It ends up they don’t come home at all that summer.
Konstanty is a Russian prince whose family has fallen on rough times. However, they had survived World War II. Konstanty had gone to the United States and become a doctor. He returned to Poland to practice medicine. He is also writing a history of Poland for his sister to put in a booklet for tourists. He has a girlfriend; but is drawn to help Hania and comes to be friends with her.
What trouble can Kalina and Maks cause for Hania? How much help can Konstanty be for them? When will Hania go back to the States? What will happen to Kalina and Maks?
As I had the pleasure of mentioning to Michelle Granas in a message here, I would love to read more about Hania and Konstanty! Maybe a short story with what happens after? LOL. ;P The girl realy needs to start playing the piano professionally again! I am also quite curious whether her relationship with her father will improve and know more about the future of the children, as well as of the baby.
I'm certain that in no time more readers will come to her with these same wishes! Without a doubt, the best contemporary I've read in a long time!
Because she is fat, the heroine has been plagued with self-doubt, embarrassment, and feelings of failure. Though she is a remarkable pianist, her teacher tells her she will never go far in spite of her talent because she lacks presence. That's code speak for she's just too fat. Her grandmother was no skinny minnie, just Junoesque and she had presence and dominated her family in Poland.
But this is an errant granddaughter coming home to Poland from America to attend her funeral, representing the family. The plane is delayed, she missed the funeral and when she gets to her Aunt and Uncles house she finds they have left on 'business' and she is to take care of their two children, a snarky, moody teenage girl and an angry little boy. Not to mention the handsome doctor who is also a prince of a prominent Polish family, who once rescued her as a child from an embarrassing moment at a truly grand house.
This was such a wonderful read. I enjoyed every word. The children are amazing characters and her building of detente and then real affection over the course of the read is one of the best parts of this story. The struggle of the prince with his feelings for his ugly duckling against the social pressure of his position and the perceptions of anyone raised to find fat people funny or appalling or pitiable were amazingly touching and meaningful.
The title of the book becomes clear well before the book ends.
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