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?
Easy read novel with plenty of action,suspense,and drama and a vast array of characters. The author really did her homework in making sure everything coorelated as needed with the setting of this storyline and where it took place. I'm looking forward to reading other novels by this author to see if they are just as good.
Very good book. Started out slow, but I really got into it. I had just read The Help, and this is written during the same time frame and was a good compliment. Makes me want to read more from the Civil Rights era.
Interesting facts about the art world of Atlanta entertwined in the storyline which takes place during the race demonstrations. I thought the book was very good and appreciated the facts that I learned while enjoying the story. It was quite uplifting.
I loved this book! It is set in Atlanta in the Civil Rights movement. The "main" story has to do with a girl trying to sort through her mother's death, but the relationship with her maid and her new black friends is well written. I liked this book better than the very popular book, the Help. I loved Elizabeth Musser's writing style, and was very surprised and pleased to find such a well-written and thoughtful book in the usually cheesy Christian fiction genre. I highly recommend this book.
This is a wonderful book about growing up in Atlanta, GA, during the early 1960s during the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. It is a fictional memoir based on real events and places. The author has made the story seem so real. I can hardly put the book down and plan to read the sequel!