Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Minnow by Diana Sweeney

Book Synopsis(via Amazon):

Tom survived a devastating flood that claimed the lives of her sister and parents. Now she lives with Bill in his old shed by the lake. But it's time to move out. Tom is pregnant with Bill's baby.
Jonah lets her move in with him. Mrs Peck gives her the Fishmaster Super Series tackle box. Nana is full of gentle good advice and useful sayings.
And in her longing for what is lost, Tom talks to fish: Oscar the carp in the pet shop, little Sarah catfish who might be her sister, an unhelpful turtle in a tank at the maternity ward. And the minnow.

Full details: The Minnow

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Text Publishing for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. ***

This insomniac's opinion: 

I have to be honest- this is a hard novel to review. It was written in such a unique way that the reader finds herself lost in a world that part dream and part reality. There were many times that I was a bit unsure what was happening. However, it is a beautifully weaved story full of rich characters and a wild mix of heartbreak and happiness. I fell in love with Tom immediately, and most all of the other characters soon after. 

I am a wee flummoxed by the categorization of this as a YA- some of it seemed very adult to me. On the other hand, Tom had a naivety to her that I think would lend itself to the genre. 

Overall, I very much loved this novel and the characters within it. 

Worth staying up all night to read?



4 stars

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