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The Stars at Oktober Bend

I had to force myself to read the first nine chapters but it was Manny's introduction in chapter ten that finally provided the hook to drag me into the story. From this point the style became clear once I had grasped where the characters and the story were heading. That first poem blew me away with it's simplicity and power. The two main characters, Manny and Alice, felt genuine and real as did her brother Joey and the situations Manny and Alice were escaping from, though harrowing, were presented with a light touch so their circumstances never felt hopeless. If I could criticise one thing then maybe it would be the depiction of the O'Learys, stereotypes maybe. But this is a small point in an otherwise highly original novel.

Posted on: 5th April 2017 at 11:20 am

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