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Laura Bartnick
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The Fearless Moral Inventory of Elsie Finch
Laura Bartnick, contributor
THE FEARLESS MORAL INVENTORY OF ELSIE FINCH – recreates a three-generational narrative of a peculiar American family blending intimacy and loyalty with the revelation that a parent who, failing in marital intimacy, lives vicariously through a favored child. What Elsie covets is the truth. Her courage unfolds the secrets of a lifetime enraging and sending Elsie reeling, but will she forgive unconditionally, or will someone pay? With oppositional perspectives, mother and daughter seek to rectify the damage done by emotional abandonment, a will, a beneficiary deed, and a claim to an estate. This is a path leading to redemption for only the very brave.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.25 out of 10


Plot/Idea: The situations presented in this multigenerational story are alluring and convincing. The novel offers an intimate exploration of relationship dynamics and emotional conflicts. The text is also somewhat overwritten and extends itself, encompassing too much territory to effectively cover all of the ground. 

Prose: The prose is rich and finely detailed, although some phrasing can come across as overinflated.

Originality: This work has an unusual premise and there's a grandness to the scope. Although somewhat overstuffed, the work is nonetheless an epic accomplishment. 

Character Development/Execution: Some characters come across as stiff and serve as narrative tools rather than fully realized characters. Regardless, the dialogue is effective and helps illuminate characters and their relationships with others.

Date Submitted: August 03, 2022