Happy Book Birthday to author Kristin Fields!
It’s my stop on the blog tour for her second novel: A Frenzy of Sparks. Thanks so much to the author and TLC Book Tours for including me on the tour.
Themes: Family Life – Siblings, Coming of Age, Women
Published: November 3, 2020
My Thoughts: I loved the beautiful and descriptive writing and was completely immersed in Gia’s story of growing up in Queen, NY in the mid-60s. It is a dark, no-frills portrait of a family in crisis due to drug abuse and addiction. It’s a difficult subject to read about and it was particularly heartbreaking to see Gia try her own intervention with her brother, only to have it backfire in the worst way. The author captured the time period perfectly and her characters and this story will stay with me.
Synopsis: From the author of A Lily in the Light comes a poignant story of innocence lost and what it means to grow up too fast.
It’s 1965, and thirteen-year-old Gia, along with her older brother and cousins, is desperate to escape their sleepy, tree-lined neighborhood where nothing ever happens. The only thing Gia would miss is the surrounding marsh, where she feels at home among sea birds and saltwater.
But when one of Gia’s cousins brings drugs into their neighborhood, it sets off a chain of events that quickly turn dangerous. Everyone will be caught in the ripples, and some may be swept away entirely. Gia is determined to keep herself and her family afloat while the world is turned upside down around her. Can she find a way to hold on to the life she was so eager to leave behind, or will she have to watch it all disappear beneath the marsh forever?
At turns heart-wrenching and hopeful, A Frenzy of Sparks explores a world where survival is the attempt to move forward while leaving pieces of your heart behind.
About the Author: Kristin Fields grew up in Queens, which she likes to think of as a small town next to a big city. Fields studied writing at Hofstra University, where she received the Eugene Schneider Fiction Award. After college, Fields found herself working on a historic farm, teaching high school English, and designing museum education programs. She is currently leading an initiative to bring gardens to public schools in New York City, where she lives with her husband.
- The Author Stories Podcast Episode 597 | Kristin Fields Interview
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