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Pam E has commented on (3) products.

The Light between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
The Light between Oceans

Pam E, January 5, 2013

As in life, the fictional characters in this book make choices and the author uses those choices to construct a story that any reader can relate to and appreciate. Each character is complex, there are no "pure" or "truly bad" people in this book because the author provides insights into each person's center. Not every person is likeable but they cannot be dismissed because we're told enough about them to provoke some feeling of empathy or identification with each character.

The setting is wonderful, an island off the coast of Australia that contains a lighthouse and the small world of the lighthouse keeper and his wife, joined by a child. The description of life on the island is a cross between Eden and "Robinson Crusoe". When the family makes the transition to life in the larger world on the mainland for each vacation, the reader also feels the disorientation and confusion that comes with a larger population and layers of the expectations and values of so many other people.

I was amazed to find that this is the first book by the author. I hope to enjoy many more stories from this talented writer.
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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
State of Wonder

Pam E, January 3, 2012

The reader is transported from the overcrowded, technically complicated United States to the Amazon jungle where new skills must be developed quickly to stay alive. The main character travels to the Amazon on a quest given her by the wife of her lab partner at the pharmaceutical company that employs them. Many cultures are represented, there are fights to the death with wild animals, amazing discoveries and the cost of learning the fate of her lab partner will haunt her for the rest of her life. Along the way the reader comes to know characters who are multi-faceted, complicated and compelling. The natural world dominates - challenging people to survive and disclosing life-giving gifts, by turns.
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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help

Pam E, January 6, 2011

This book tells a powerful story. Two groups of women are living their ascribed lives in a mid-size town in the American South. They are often close enough to touch each other but they live in very different worlds. One young woman responds to the movement for racial equality by entreating the black women, who are domestic servants in the homes of her acquaintances, to truthfully share what it is to live a divided life. Each woman speaks of being a maid to a white family and how, in most cases, they have been a powerless target for degradation, intimidated, and worse. The women are fearful, proud, strong and loyal to one another. Their stories reveal how racism damages both sides, in producing people whose potential is stunted or destroyed and in rewarding cruelty.
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