Indie Spotlight: Two Lovely Berries by A.M. Blair

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Ebook, 268 pages

Published: August 4, 2014

Setting: Pennsylvania & California

Recommended By: Monika at A Lovely Bookshelf

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Nora was convinced that she and her twin sister, Aubrey, were inseparable and always would be. After they graduated from Stanford together, Aubrey married her college sweetheart, George–a marriage strongly encouraged by their privileged and dysfunctional parents–and moved across the country, retreating from her sister’s life.

Now Nora is “betwixting,” unsure where to go with her life, and mourning her sister’s absence.

This novel is told through Nora’s eyes, as she is growing out of adolescence, and we see her limited perspective, circumscribed by her naivety and her family’s suffocating denial. We see her falter, make infuriating choices and, ultimately, begin to grow.

This is a lovely, intelligent, and honest novel about coming of age, family relationships, and the truths — and lies — that hold families together. It also illuminates how easy it is to slip into disturbingly familiar family patterns and the moment one chooses to take a different path. I enjoyed living in Nora’s head, and it kept me up late at night, wanting to read one more page…or one more chapter.

My only objection is that after an intense climax, the book ended rather abruptly without time to decompress or reflect. If the ending had been fleshed out a bit more, I would have loved it even more than I did.

Overall, I was absorbed in Nora and Aubrey’s story and savored the author’s writing style. This is an excellent choice for readers who enjoy character-driven literature.

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