Happy Monday, everyone!
Today, we're going way back to 2013, and reviewing A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff.
Though I was familiar with Lisa as an author, I actually hadn't head of this particular book until a colleague at Penguin pointed it out to me. I'm looking forward to sharing my thoughts with all of you, as we also lead up to reviews of her other books and her latest, A Clatter of Jars!
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Published February 5th 2013 by Philomel
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
Lisa Graff adds a pinch of magic to a sharply crafted plot to create a novel that will have readers wondering about fate and the way we're all connected.
Graff introduces us to a world via multi narrators, where individuals normally present with a Talent, a.k.a. a gift that allows them to do certain things, extraordinarily well. The Talent may range from the practical; e.g. helping pair orphans with the right family, to the obscure - e.g. perfect aim when spitting.
Cady is an eleven-year-old orphan who has a gift for baking, and Graff leads her on an interwoven adventure that has her meeting others with their own talents, family drama, and a lost luggage emporium...
What I loved about this short, quick-to-read story, was Graff's utter confidence in introducing her world. It's one she clearly has spent a lot of time in, as her chapters essentially serve as snapshots into an ongoing, vibrant world. Every character that we're introduced to - from Cady to Will to Marigold, clearly have lives, and we're only seeing a brief but important moment in said lives.
Though it could have been a challenge to jump back and forth from character to character, Graff does a great job of cheerfully interweaving their backstories, and showing how they are all interconnected. Though I definitely anticipated a few of their stories, Graff still managed to surprise me in the end with a few of her revelations.
(Also, Talented squirrels? I'm okay with this!)
Between the heartwarming story and the amazing sounding recipes, this was a heartwarming way to kick-off my summer reading.
Bottom line: A Clatter of Jars is a delicious, cheerful tale that will put a smile on any reader's face. A great way to be introduced to Graff.
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About the author:
Lisa Graff is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the National Book Award nominee A Tangle of Knots, as well as Lost in the Sun, Absolutely Almost, Double Dog Dare, Umbrella Summer, The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower, The Thing About Georgie and Sophie Simon Solves Them All. Originally from California, she lived for many years in New York City and now makes her home just outside of Philadelphia.