THANKSGIVING ,by Arno, takes place during a time i can thoroughly relate to and about which i enjoy reading. The 60's of course.....to the present. Summertime - the "facts of life" theories, Trixie Belden instead of Nancy Drew for me, and using our wits and imagination. A slender book that i did not want to put down...actually i did not instead I stayed up late to finish. Well written. My only wish is that the book was better fleshed out, THAT would have made it excellent!
Among other cultural treats, New Orleans is known for it’s soul-searching blues and palate-pleasing cuisine. Mary Arno expertly offers up her own literary version of heart-wrenching blues and delicious descriptions in her novel Thanksgiving. The story is sad yet satisfying, involving four adolescent acquaintances who harbor deep emotional secrets well into adulthood.
Arno is a skilled writer whose economy of words makes the book enjoyable to read and easy to digest. Just as impressive, the author has a well-honed ability to paint vivid images that mentally stimulate the senses. The road to the conclusion of the story is filled with surprising and at times shocking twists. But more than anything it leaves the reader glad they made the journey.
Read this book for book club and it was a quick read however I did have to go back and re-read a few times to keep the characters in order. Did enjoy the southern setting and how the characters developed. Also grew up during this time period and could relate to some situations. Mary certainly is creative in her writings.
The writing was great and the female characters were interesting. The book had a southern charm that explored the lives of three women. It is a short, easy read, but I felt there needed to be more, it definitely did not wrap up in a neat package.
"Thanksgiving" by Mary Arno is an insightful and provocative reminder that all of our life choices have consequences. Setting and characterization skillfully developed, depict a Southern "color" and patois which reflects the time and place of the story.