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Paperback Book Details
  • 05/2018
  • 9781642371444
  • 326 pages
  • $14.95
Sparrow Beach
A tale about the commercialization of Long Island's beautiful east end, and about one family's struggles to stay true, to the place and to each other.
Plot/Idea: 6 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 8.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Painful family circumstances and strained relationships provide tremendous weight and depth to this work. The author offers little respite from suffering and dysfunction, yet navigates the book's darkness with grace.

Prose: The author demonstrates a formidable command of language and is strong technically, yet the prose might be sharpened to create more narrative urgency.

Originality: The author succeeds in creating an original work with unique characters in a well-depicted setting. A restructuring of narrative events to supply more anchoring plot points, may enhance reader engagement.

Character Development: The author shows tremendous skill in depicting authentic, realistic characters who often possess unpleasant characteristics. The author does an especially fine job describing the physical and psychological toll of illness. 

Date Submitted: August 21, 2018

Reviews
Kirkus Reviews

“Raebeck is skilled in communicating his characters’ complex connections to Long Island’s East End, taking time to develop detailed psychological portraits. The result is a clever and highly readable novel . . . Intuitive, thoughtful writing . . . a shrewd tale of revitalization.”

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 05/2018
  • 9781642371444
  • 326 pages
  • $14.95

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