Author: Erick Setiawan
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism
Whose Pick: Claire
Description: In a mythical town, a young woman escapes her lonely, haunted home to marry her beloved, only to find herself faced with family secrets and an adversarial mother in law.
Claire Says: This is an awesome fairy tale. The enjoyment factor is all about building the world for the story, and Setiawan does this so well. From the mist to the physically present doom and gloom of Merida’s family to the nightmare-worthy mother-in-law, the magical elements here were perfect. I don’t say things like this often, but I would love to see a film adaptation of this story.
Shannon Says: This book has the lovely combination of lots of conflict and a dreamlike tone that makes you feel like you’re being told a bedtime story. While the romance between Daniel and Merida is beautifully written, don’t write this off as just a love story. The women of the family - who span multiple generations - go to battle and are forces to be reckoned with. The book has a sort of haunted feel to it and the writing is gorgeous - the perfect read to end a long summer and a must for lovers of magical realism.
Long Story Short: So pretty! Yes!