I have not read a book in a long time that has so moved me. This is the story of a teenage girl,living in Georgia, in the sixties, who upon the tragic loss of her mother, finds herself questioning the meaning of life and the way she has been raised. It delves into all of the aspects of how one perceives things and how they are in reality. The story does not preach, but takes us on her journey to self discovery.
Despite some anachronisms and a surprisingly slow start, Swan House finally delivers a very moving ending. The audience for this book would seem to be Young Adult and/or Atlantans. Musser's style is rather pedestrian unless she is writing about Christian values. Then the book comes to life. And I wish authors would stop using the tired conceit of "bookending" the story with older person (mother, Grandpa, etc.) telling the story to young person. This the third novel I've read in the last six months that include it, and each one had real problems with the "voice" - is it the old person's or their younger counterpart?
Great story about coming of age in Atlanta in the 60's. Christian Fiction.
An inspiring novel about coming of age in the segregated South of the early 60's. A powerful Christian novel of love, compassion and self-discovery.