Author: Madeleine L'Engle
Themes/Topics: End of Innocence, Greed, Love
I was sad to read this novel, as it was the last in the Austin family series. I truly fell in love with the characters, wholesome people of days gone by and sadly this novel didn't focus on the family nearly enough. The story-telling device was neat: from the beginning we know Vicki is stranded and in trouble, but we don't know how she got there. The novel was compelling, and I thought the material impressive for a read classified as "young adult" but I simply desired more tales of the Austin's and their life together.
Title: Still Life
Author: Joy Fielding
Themes/Topics: Suspense, Betrayal
I thought this novel was only ok. It was on the New York Times Bestseller list which is certainly not a measure of solid quality. I found the plot interesting, woman in coma, but it was much too predictable. I was compelled to read on because I wanted to see how it would end, but I was disappointed with the results. Had the author taken a chance it would have been much more interesting.
Title: That Old Cape Magic
Author: Richard Russo
Themes/Topics: Love, Personal Growth, Overcoming
I found it difficult to get into this novel but I believe that was only because I did in on audio over an extended period of time. The only other Russo work I have read was Empire Falls and this novel was similar in that there was no clear plot direction: just the story of people living, loving, and learning about themselves. I found these characters to be compelling and authentic and the story was believable and simple without being predictable. This was definitely my favorite of the three.