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Touched Paperback – September 19, 2017
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"Fresh, raw, relevant. TOUCHED slips under your skin with lush prose, unforgettable characters, and a story like no other."
- Leylah Attar, New York Times best-selling author
"Hauntingly beautiful and downright emotional, White grabs you by the soul in her latest novel, Touched, and leaves an indelible mark."
- K. Bromberg, New York Times best-selling author
"Mara White has crafted characters so real and complex, they live and bleed. Watching their story unfold is heartbreaking, beautiful and riveting. Touched is stunning work."
- Nikki Sloane, best-selling author of the Blindfold Club Series
"I can confidently say without a shred of doubt, that this story and these people will stay with me for the rest of my life. I bow down, Mara White. You wrote a category 5 masterpiece."
- BB Easton, best-selling author of 44 Chapters About 4 Men
"A phenomenal, mesmerizing and unforgettable masterpiece. This story blew me away. Absolutely astonishing! A must read!" - The Book Queen book reviews
"Touched is a truly beautiful book. It's raw, real and possessing of a quiet poetry."
- Emma Scott, best-selling author of the Full Tilt Duet
"The writing is voracious and hungry and insatiable. Touched is a story that will devour you while you stuff your face with it. I'm not only touched, I'm digested. Just read it." - Suanne Laqueur, best-selling author of the Fish Tales Series
About the Author
Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.
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Touched had four key timelines, but in my opinion the sequence was out of order, so I read 1990 before 1992 and 2005. I tried to read from the beginning, but I needed to understand these girls better. Often times, I felt the timeline in the story hindered the transitions between chapters. I think Mara backtracked information with a few characters to illustrate a timeline, but all it did was confuse the facts for me.
Junipera and Gemini were sisters who survived a childhood of neglect and poverty.
They survived with the help of their neighbor Alaric who too was neglected. Together they weathered the storm of their uneventful childhood until one fateful circumstance broke them up. An aunt and uncle turned their lives around trying to remedy the disastrous childhood.
Mara did an excellent job with the ways she symbolized touched in June's character. June's journey in life at surviving her abhorrence to touch was tested on several occasions. June showed immense strength and courage to overcome her aversion to touch.
Gemini's character was protective of her younger sister. She made sacrifices for her to help them survive their childhood. Gemini always put her sisters concern above others. Gemini wanted to cure her sister to her aversion to touch.
Overall, I enjoyed Touched and would recommend this book.
Junipera Jones can't stand touch, but needs to feel. This all-consuming desire drives her to chase storms like an addict chasing highs. I wondered how White would possibly pull it off--how could she transmit June's almost religious, almost erotic relationship with extreme weather without downplaying the horrific consequences of natural disasters?
If I hadn't made notes while I read, I don't think I'd be able to write this review. I'm still in a state of shock, as though I just personally witnessed an almighty force of nature. "Touched" is so titanic in scale, so vast in scope, it's impossible to summarize. Like the storms she so complexly captures, Mara White's latest novel is thrilling and devastating and beautiful all at the same time.
She pulled it off. She pulled it off because nothing is ever just one thing. Water is life, but you can still drown in it. One fact doesn't invalidate the other. "Touched" deals with contradictory yet simultaneous extremes.
The Jones sisters grow up neglected and impoverished, but still spend jubilant summers with an itinerant playmate (who needed a kitten, like, so bad). The happiness they find in the refuge of a neighboring garage doesn't prevent them from getting scarred, but neither does the brutality of their existence prevent them from experiencing joy. Behaviors can be pathological and nourishing, perverted and innocent, ugly and beautiful.
Mara White is versed in language of sex and love, but "Touched" is no romance novel. Readers looking for mere titillation will certainly disappointed--if not devastated. Here, White wields her power of erotic prose to wound.
And, just, the storytelling, man. Often, non-chronological stories can feel like "Mystery Boxes"--the premature doling out or withholding of information a cheap trick to create intrigue where none would otherwise be. Not so with "Touched." Every single moment is presented exactly when and exactly how it should be for maximum gravity. We need to read in this order to fully appreciate the issues she's dealing with, divine meaning. There is no such thing as a straight path through a storm--detours are necessary, and without multiple vantage points, you'll never get a complete picture.
While reading, I had the irrational-yet-familiar sensation that this had somehow been written just for me. As though the author had reached into my head and plucked out the issues I'm most passionate about, the subjects I'm most curious about, the experiences I find most relatable, and woven them all together with exactly the kind of storytelling and prose I most admire. This, I realize now, is what always happens when I read a favorite book for the very first time. This is a novel I never knew I wanted, but now can't imagine living without.
My experience with "Touched" had less to do with what I brought with me as a reader, and more to do with the author's powerful command of detail. By sharply focusing on the specific, White pries open the universal.
Ultimately, life's most powerful forces--economic class, chaotic girlhood, race, loss, adolescent sexuality, prejudice, mental illness, violence, faith--intersect like westerly winds over hot water. With "Touched", Mara White conjures a hurricane.
The worlds Mara White invites us to are always 3D and vivid, but it never ceases to amaze me how she can conjure up characters in a single sentence. While reading this I felt like a friend of the family trusted enough to be allowed to stay but not close enough to interject. Touched is brilliantly written and well paced. I didn't want the story to stop but I couldn't wait to get to the end. I look forward to putting it away to next winter and reading it all over again in the middle of a storm. Do yourselves a favor and get Touched.