Tuesday, February 1, 2011

New read: The Mercy of Thin Air

Started a new book yesterday, The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Domingue, one of my thriftbooks pruchases. Pretty good so far.

Brief summary:

"In 1920s New Orleans, smart and fearless Raziela Nolan is in the throes of a magnificent love affair when she suddenly dies in a tragic accident. Immediately after her death, she chooses to stay between -- a realm that exists after life and before whatever lies beyond it. From this remarkable vantage point, Razi narrates the story of her lost love, as well as the relationship between Amy and Scott, a young couple whose house she haunts seventy years later. Their trials finally compel Razi to slowly unravel the mystery of what happened to her first and only love, Andrew, and to confront a long-hidden secret.

The Mercy of Thin Air entwines two tragic and redemptive love stories that echo across three generations and culminates in a startling finish that will leave readers breathless. From plucky, forward-thinking Razi, who illegally slips birth control guides into library books, to hip Web designer Amy, who begins to fall off the edge of grief, to Eugenia, caught between since the Civil War, the characters in this ambitious and original debut sing with life, as well as Southern flair.

"With lucid supple prose, Ronlyn Domingue weaves a gossamer tale suspended between two worlds", lauds acclaimed author James Wilcox. The Mercy of Thin Air is a wondrous, incredibly wrought novel that evokes the transformative power of love, memory, and time."

It's a little hard to read sometimes -- the way the narrator travels back and forth between memories and real life. But I am enjoying the interesting perspective. And it definitely has some unexpected twists that keep it fresh.

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