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  • 11/2019
  • 9781704019901 B07ZBN35JF
  • 333 pages
  • $15.00
Threads: A Depression Era Tale
It's a boring, hardscrabble life for three sisters growing up on a Michigan farm in the throes of the Great Depression. But when young Nellie, digging for pirate treasure, unearths the tiny hand of a dead baby, rumors begin to fly. Narrated by Nellie and her two older sisters, the story follows the girls as they encounter a patchwork of threatening circumstances and decide to solve the mystery.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: This novel does not rely on traditional plot structure and does not provide a single climax. Instead, it executes compelling storytelling by opening a window into a fictional family's life during a real historical era. It is evident that the author has amply researched this very era as oft-overlooked, ambient details echo throughout the writing.

Prose/Style: The novel exemplifies great use of creative writing, including eye dialect, which is immersive and elevates both the presentation of the narrative and its characters. It doesn't feel forced and is convincing in its application. However, its use is noticeably inconsistent with the same characters using proper and colloquial spelling interchangeably, without much reason provided.

Originality: The book may remind readers of mildly similar famous works of fiction; however, the final execution, the divergent narrative, and the mood help the story stand out in its own right as a timeless read.

Character Development: The characters here are distinctive with well-written and clearly defined voices and personalities. They are complex, progressive, and emotive, with strengths and flaws that are convincing. Overall, the work delivers an excellent execution of individual personalities and motivations.

Date Submitted: May 11, 2020

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 11/2019
  • 9781704019901 B07ZBN35JF
  • 333 pages
  • $15.00

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