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06 March 2008 @ 02:12 pm
Name of book: When the Crow Sings
Author: Jacqueline Wales
Genre: Family Saga
Rating: 5 out of 5

Note: You can get the Ebook version free on the author’s website now http://www.jacquelinewales.com/index.htm  (as well as off of Amazon or at Borders). Highly Recommended.

Description: Thematically, think The Color Purple. In structure, think Alex Haley's Roots. Add a Scottish dialect, and you have an intensely engaging book that's horrific, enticing, and elegantly executed.

When the Crow Sings is like your best girlfriend, mom's shoulder, lifetime movie, and motivational class all in one. This book is a must read; a page turner, tear jerker, yet still it manages to pull together a solid plot while keeping its prose refreshing. When The Crow Sings is a semi autobiographical family saga. In the hands of a proud Scottish woman as she crosses the ocean with the manuscript of her family secrets, the story traverses three generations of strong women as they endure abuse, and ultimately learn to break heartbreaking cycles, to render themselves independent and powerful. The novel adapts native Scottish dialect, it is at once emotionally powerful and fascinating- a haunting, staying read.

I've got to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I usually enjoy things that have a clear plot line and thematic lines, but this was definitely a rollercoaster of a read, and overarching themes pull things together really coherently.