Sunday, 1 February 2009

Debut Novel

Finished January 31
The Prairie Bridesmaid by Daria Salamon
This is a great novel of a woman and her relationship issues. Anna Lasko is a high school teacher whose long-term boyfriend has taken a job overseas just at the moment their relationship has tumbled, once again, into a negative place. Anna is depressed about her job, and about being a bridesmaid in the wedding of one of her longterm friends. She is looking for a way out of her relationship, but feels guilt over her feelings. Essentially she is a woman who has always tried to please others, but never feels happy about the end result.
Adding to the angst her younger sister has moved to Iran with her new boyfriend and is now only communicating with Anna about the way her life has been changing.
Besides her three best friends, Anna also communicates with Buddy, the squirrel who has taken up residence in her house, and her Ukrainian grandmother. Her Baba is losing her sight, but insists on staying on her farm by herself. Anna helps her with her household and farm chores and runs errands.
As you immerse yourself in Anna's life, you see how she got herself into the situation she is now in, and you root for her to find a life that she will be happy in. This is a great book and a new author to keep an eye on.

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