Sunday, 16 December 2012

The Honey Locust

Finished December 16
The Honey Locust by Jeffrey Round

I've had this book sitting on my shelf for more than two years, and finally got around to reading it. I read it in one day, thoroughly enjoying it.
The main character here is Angela, a young woman who has made a career for herself as a journalist covering war zones. The story moves back and forth between the final weekend in late summer 1994 when Angela, her parents, and her sisters spend a final weekend at the family cottage on the Bruce peninsula and Angela's work in late 1994 and early 1995 in Sarajevo (with a side trip to Mexico).
Angela's marriage has ended recently and her father died shortly after that final family weekend. She has always thrown herself into her work, and has found herself in life-threatening situations, but this trip comes at a time where she realizes that she has been searching for something in her life. She has been doing more than just rebelling against her mother's reliance on safety and order. This time the experiences she witnesses touch her in a new way, breaking through her professional shell.
Here, Angela finally faces her life and all the denials and secrets that have been part of it. A wonderful book.

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