Sunday, January 21, 2007

Firefly Cloak, by Sheri Reynolds


After her brother dies, 15 year-old Tessa Lee goes looking for her mother. Mom left her and her brother seven years ago and Tessa Lee is just trying to fulfill a promise to her brother to find her mother. However, her Mom has become a drug addict and an alcoholic and denies Tessa Lee when they first meet. Told in alternating voices (Tessa Lee's, Mom, and Grandma), this story traces an attempt to reconstruct Tessa Lee's family.

I'm not quite sure how I tripped over this book, but someone must have thought it was YA (it isn't, despite having a teenaged heroine). I found it a bit gross to be frank, and I'm not that much of a prude. And the alternating narrative could get very hard to follow as the author would often switch voices without identifying who had taken over telling the story. Those sorts of distractions, plus some overall clunky writing, made this a bit of a chore to get through.

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