Mary Rickert’s novel The Memory Garden is the story of a foundling, Bay Singer, who struggles with who she is and the powers she may possess as she comes of age. Bay’s mother, Nan, is a woman her grandmother’s age, who behaves in ways which embarrass young Bay and which have caused the neighborhood kids to dub her a witch. The story takes place over only a few days when Nan decides to invite her long-estranged girlhood chums to a weekend together at her magical home, but with the hidden agenda of finding someone who will agree to take care of Bay. The author hints at something that occurred in the past involving these old women which strained their friendship to breaking and has haunted each in a unique way. The story unfolds very slowly, but with lovely bits of magical realism and sensory descriptions of Nan’s enchanted garden. It is told in two alternating viewpoints: Bay and Nan. I must admit that at times I became impatient and felt as if I was trapped in an old woman’s confused thinking and wished for some clarity, but the teasing hints of what these women did as young women kept me reading to find out. If you are looking for a leisurely read with some magical elements, this is the book.
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I’ve been neglecting my reading list and book reviews lately while I concentrated on finishing writing False Gods, a Young Adult novel which, at first glance, is about a girl shooting for the Washington International Horse Show against the odds. On a deeper level, the story is about the nature of desire and whether what you want in life twists and torments you or lifts you up and fills the void. For the months of December and January, all proceeds are going to a local church’s youth program. The book is now available on Amazon http://amzn.to/163iXsS in paperback and ebook versions. Please post a review on Amazon if you buy it! #YA #horses #FalseGods
Thanks Blog followers and I hope to be back with some book reviews soon.