Vintage, 2013 (2013)
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Reviewed by Barbara Lingens
young woman's quest to discover her origins is thwarted at every turn, even though the answers are readily available. Abi Maxwell sets her novel in an out-of-the-way place in New Hampshire. There is an island out there, out of which legends have grown, and in this story several generations appear, all ancestors of Alice, who as a baby was found in a canoe.
he story skips among the generations, making it at times difficult to discover who we are reading about. There is quite a bit for Alice to untangle, and since the community is very closed-mouthed in a certain way and very gossipy in another, Alice often has to make do with innuendo and indirection.
his is a story of secrets that appeals not only through the narrative but also through the author's ability to portray the unusual atmosphere surrounding it.
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