Veronica Silver confronts a salesman pitching memories, pretty pictures of her past reframed by his haunting question: what if?
Plot: As it morphs from reality to dream state and back, Clark's solidly constructed storyline both demands and rewards a close reading.
Prose: The author's crisp, colorful prose provides a smooth entry into a complex narrative; it's a treat to encounter an author with a pronounced understanding of how cadence enhances the reading experience.
Originality: Clark incorporates contemporary themes that are frequently the domain of coming-of-age novels, but the author enlivens and enriches this content with nimble writing.
Character Development: Clark ably juggles a large cast of both core and (perhaps too many) peripheral characters, charting their evolution from teens to adults with a sure hand.
Date Submitted: April 11, 2018