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Terence Garth has commented on (3) products.

Close to the Broken Hearted by Michael Hiebert
Close to the Broken Hearted

Terence Garth, October 21, 2014

Close to the Broken Hearted is the second book in a mystery series set in Alabama. Hiebert captures the ambience of the south through masterful dialogue between well crafted characters. The shock of the opening scene is neatly balanced by the innocent antics of young Abe Teal and his buddy Dewey who attempt to investigate independently from Abe's mother, Police Detective Leah Teal. Hiebert explores the themes of hatred and forgiveness within a community, and the long term psychological effect of violence. A damn good read.
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Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague

Terence Garth, January 1, 2013

Geraldine Brooks introduces a remarkable female protagonist in the character of Anna Frith, who works as a housemaid in an English village in 1665. When her husband is killed in a coal mining accident, Anna's life becomes entwined with the lives of the village minister and his wife. After plague reaches the village, the visionary minister leads the villagers to a decision to quarantine the town to keep the sickness from spreading. During the "year of wonders," the village becomes a microcosm of the human condition, as Anna witnesses one death after another and sees where fear and temptation can drive people. Anna and all the characters are changed in different ways by the quarantine.

Basing the story on a true occurrence, the author provides the reader with just enough historical trappings to deliver the time and place. I found The Year of Wonders to be an amazing journey and an inspiring read.
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Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
Through Black Spruce

Terence Garth, January 19, 2012

Boyden is an exceptional storyteller. He writes with a voice that convinces you he is a First Nations writer. Through Black Spruce follows from Boyden's earlier success, Three Day Road. His characters are each lost in their own way, struggling to be found, and to find each other. Intersecting storylines rebound between northern Ontario bush country and the Manhattan modeling and club scene. Boyden's narrative style allows some chapters to stand alone as set pieces, perfected short stories within the novel form. A great read from an astounding writer.
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