Sunday, December 6, 2015

On The Shores of Darkness, There is Light by Cordelia Strube

On the Shores of Darkness, There Is Light: A Novel

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):

Harriet is 11 going on 30. Her mixed-media art is a source of wonder to her younger brother, Irwin, but an unmitigated horror to the panoply of insufficiently grown-up grown-ups who surround her. She plans to run away to Algonquin Park, hole up in a cabin like Tom Thomson and paint trees; and so, to fund her escape, she runs errands for the seniors who inhabit the Shangrila, the decrepit apartment building that houses her fractured family.

Determined, resourceful, and a little reckless, Harriet tries to navigate the clueless adults around her, dumpster dives for the flotsam and jetsam that fuels her art, and attempts to fathom her complicated feelings for Irwin, who suffers from hydrocephalus. On the other hand, Irwin’s love for Harriet is not conflicted at all. She’s his compass. But Irwin himself must untangle the web of the human heart.

Masterful and mordantly funny, Strube is at the top of her considerable form in this deliciously subversive story of love and redemption.

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

This insomniac's opinion: 

I fell in love with Harriet from the first chapter. She has the most unique way of looking at the world and the book is nearly laugh-out-loud funny at parts, but in the most morbid of ways. I was so moved by Harriet's story and, even as my heart was breaking, I was so delighted to get to "meet" her and her brother Irwin. 

This is a must read for me, this year. 

Worth staying up all night to read?

Yes. Keep tissues nearby. 


4.5 stars. 


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