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  • 12/2022
  • 978-1951084493 B0B9V2LYX4
  • 400 pages
  • $4.99
Lynn Byk
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The Fearless Moral Inventory of Elsie Finch
Lynn Byk, author

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical)

There's a filigree setting for every family secret. Richard and Gail Finch designed their estate to carry consequences for misplaced loyalties over a lifetime, but there are consequences neither one bargained for. When the third generation aims for a cache of treasure, someone is expendable. What Elsie covets is the truth. Risking it all, she unfolds her parents' legacy to reveal the spoiling and calculated detachments. Then her father dies leaving her sister alone in a dilapidated house with recorded notebooks to decipher. Untying the family Finch saga with Mother's blistering tales, Elsie's own timeline helps them unravel layers of animosity and motives for the punishments that created full-blown personality disorders. Richardson and Gail's unscrupulous affections span the geography of San Francisco Bay, Phoenix Arizona, Oklahoma City, and finally slip into the shadow of the Rockies. Will someone pay for the past? Who wins in this long game, and what remains? A certain poetry transforms Elsie's stages of grief when redemption is offered only to the very brave.
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The Fearless Moral Inventory of Elsie Finch by A. Lynn Byk is a three-generational narrative. It may be hard to believe that this is fiction and not a fictionalized memoir because it is a trying story for Elsie to tell. However, since authors tend to write based on what they know or experience, perhaps emotions and creativity were deeply influenced by the author's own story. 

The multilayered, complex story of greed, deception, and secrets in a large dysfunctional family has many unexpected twists and turns. Elsie tries to untangle the history in her parent's broken marriage that has resulted in animosity between the parents and four sisters. She appears to be the only family member with a sense of clear-headed normalcy. She sees herself as the peacemaker. The many bickering central characters are engaging, if not sympathetic. The author captures family life's oddities and pain with frankness, sharpness, and a sly-witted style. Each of the sisters portrayed is distinct, with a background and personality that sets one apart from the others. The distinctiveness contributes to her way of thinking, her reaction to family trials, and her interpretation of her place in the family.

As Elsie tries to untangle the misunderstanding and blame-making gossip that has torn her family apart, she also becomes a target. The palpable tension doesn't let up in this character-driven story. As old wounds and heartaches bubble to the surface, each character involved tells their story from their unique point of view. Rarely do both sides of the story match. Elsie struggles to hold the family together.

Undesirable character traits will be recognizable and relatable to many readers and show evidence of the author's unique ability to observe society. The reader will think deeply about members of his own family and acquaintances. The story evokes family trials when the world is on precipices of change and generations react differently.

Distinct Christian undertones throughout the story add layers of complexity without being preachy. Spiritual dilemmas are brought to the surface, allowing readers to wrestle with spiritual conflicts in their own lives.

Chapter headings added comic relief to the seriousness of the memoir and offered a puzzle. How do the titles relate to the coming chapter? The author's sense of humor is often shown by inserting short comic tales to break up the gravity.

The Fearless Moral Inventory of Elsie Finch is an illuminating memoir that reveals life secrets with vibrant narrative prose. Every page of this nuanced account of the multigenerational family comes alive with the force of history, the wonder of place, friends, and strangers that shaped the author's sensibilities.

Readers who are intrigued by family sagas will enjoy this novel.

BookLife Prize

"Alluring and Convincing... an unusual premise and a grand scope... an epic accomplishment!" Booklife Prize

Formats
Kindle Edition Digital Ebook Purchas Details
  • 12/2022
  • 978-1951084493 B0B9V2LYX4
  • 400 pages
  • $4.99

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