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This book is quite different from Ms. Landvik's other stories, but I think it is one of her best. It will grab you from the beginning and keep you listening for hours. As the story moves back and forth in her life, you may find that you have many mixed opinions about the main character, Violet, but in the end you will cheer for her. Even a physically challenged, homely girl can have a charmed life! I loved this book and recommend it highly.
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I have read this book six times and just finished listening to it for the first time. Hearing the story unfold through my ears gave me a whole new appreciation for its depth of theme (s), wit and prose. And of course its characters-from Violet, a battered, scorned and abandoned child who ultimately makes her own unlike family; to the beautiful, larger than life, womanizing Kjel. (Pronounced "Shell"). Kjel was obviously a man of sexual talents and appreciated women as an equal partner in life at all levels. So I can forgive the womanizing.
Then there is the lyrical Austin-my favorite-who lives his life with dignity and joy even as he experiences prejudice and discrimination every day.
I think some may dismiss the book as trivial and frivolous because of the Pearltones being a rock band before there was rock. I have seen scathing reviews on other sites demeaning this key part of the book. I think Ms. Landvik captures the "band life" well-And when a band has dedicated followers who are there for the music and the fellowship it brings.
Obviously I love the book. It is her best one-and I have read all but two of her books. Give it a try. You will be glad you did.
*side note-it took me a while to like the narrator. But by the end, I felt she did a great job with accents and characterization.
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