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Tom Quinn and the Other World
This is a story of a young man's discovery and acceptance of his true nature while in the midst of a difficult and rather morally repugnant environment. What's most interesting about Ms. Canazzi's portrayal of Tom and the faerie princess he loves and follows into another realm, is her superb portrayal of the decadent, speakeasy/carnival environment he lives in while he discovers what is truly important to him. The cast of characters (both the good and the slimy) are involving and delightfully portrayed without any sense of "moral preaching." It's really fun to follow Tom's journey through his trials and associations with the most inappropriate people and places while maintaining his dignity and spirit. While the set-up in the initial chapters is a little slow, the circumstances of Tom's life become quickly engaging and interesting. After only a few chapters into the book I was hooked and could no longer put it down!
Canazzi's vision of the our world's intersection with the faerie realm is well crafted, original and very believable. Her portrayal of our destructive side and potential is very clear and true, and yet she offers great hope and beauty as a juxtaposition to every aspect of the very real, negative aspects of human nature she so cleverly portrays. On an allegorical level, we all face Tom's choices in our own "coming of age." Her vision of love's power and endurance over the ages is romantic without any mawkish sentimentality. The ending is satisfying, short and to the point. I recommend this as a great book for any young person struggling through their own understanding of what values they will choose for themselves, and as an inspiring read for any adult wanting to reconnect with the beauty, seen and unseen, in our world. A lovely tale and a great, fun read!
Kim Canazzi writes in a lyrical fairytale style with dark Dickensian undertones. This is her first novel. For more about the author and her books go to canazzibooks.com. To view her photography go to KimCanazziPhotography.com
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