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  • B08YCXHQL3
  • 411 pages
  • $16.95
Joan Spilman
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Silver Bottle
Joan Spilman, Author
Abandoned as a child on Easter by their alcoholic mother, Lorraine Rhodes, and her siblings must overcome the trials of a rural town and its conservative bias. But, when a letter from her mother arrives a quarter of a century later, the questions Lorraine faces from her childhood been to unravel. Lorraine, now a mother, must reflect on the challenges of her past and how they cause a rift between her and her daughter. "Silver Bottle" follows four generations of West Virginia women, their struggles and the unique bloodline that stretches over a century with the curious connection of a family heirloom, a silver bottle.
Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Silver Bottle, a book that portrays a loss of innocence, places women as the moral center of the family. Spilman creates an emotional and physical disconnect that instills a feeling of impermanence, similar to the theme of transience in Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping. Like Robinson’s character Sylvie, Spilman writes her characters’ oddities in such a way that leaves readers wildly uneasy but unable to explain why.

Prose/Style: Spilman maintains exquisite narrative control throughout her novel. Her writing captures a poetic weightlessness, bound by feelings rather than structure. The isolated narratives wind around each other, tangling memories only to unravel into a precise, linear narrative.

Originality: In a book about lived patterns, the author depicts characters that are alone but together in kinship. Tied to one artifact that traces lineage, the book’s title and returning artifact—a silver bottle—symbolizes a material and emotional connection between one family. The story pleas for reflection, as a way to let go.

Character Development/Execution: This book explores motherhood and delights in the dynamic of parent-child relationships. The strained moments feel sincere, bitter, yet affectionate. The author cleverly writes each characters’ childhood from an aged perspective, so readers witness an adequate account of childish naivety.

Date Submitted: April 05, 2021

Formats
Paperbaack Details
  • B08YCXHQL3
  • 411 pages
  • $16.95

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