Review/Blog Tour: The Angry Women Suite by Lee Fullbright
"Secrets and lies suffuse generations of one Pennsylvania family, creating a vicious cycle of cruelty in this historical novel that spans the early 1900s to the 1960s. Raised in a crumbling New England mansion by four women with personalities as split as a cracked mirror, young Francis Grayson has an obsessive need to fix them all. There's his mother, distant and beautiful Magdalene; his disfigured, suffocating Aunt Stella; his odious grandmother; and the bane of his existence, his abusive and delusional Aunt Lothian. For years, Francis plays a tricky game of duck and cover with the women, turning to music to stay sane. He finds a friend and mentor in Aidan Madsen, schoolmaster, local Revolutionary War historian, musician and keeper of the Grayson women's darkest secrets. In a skillful move by Fullbright, those secrets are revealed through the viewpoints of three different people-Aidan, Francis and Francis'stepdaughter, Elyse-adding layers of eloquent complexity to a story as powerful as it is troubling. While Francis realizes his dream of forming his own big band in the 1940s, his success is tempered by the inner monster of his childhood, one that roars to life when he marries Elyse's mother. Elyse becomes her stepfather's favorite target, and her bitterness becomes entwined with a desire to know the real Francis Grayson. For Aidan's part, his involvement with the Grayson family only deepens, and secrets carried for a lifetime begin to coalesce as he seeks to enlighten Francis-and subsequently Elyse-of why the events of so many years ago matter now. The ugliness of deceit. betrayal and resentment permeates the narrative, yet there are shining moments of hope, especially in the relationship between Elyse and her grandfather. Ultimately, as more of the past filters into the present, the question becomes: What is the truth, and whose version of the truth is correct? Fullbright never untangles this conundrum, and it only adds to the richness of this exemplary novel. A superb debut that exposes the consequences of the choices we make and legacy's sometimes excruciating embrace."-Kirkus Reviews
This was great! I love it when I'm on a streak of AMAZING reads and this one is no different than the ones before it!
"Angry Women" gives this kind of vibe that I don't normally see a lot in books these days. A great epic saga over a span of time that circles strong well written characters. As you guys know, who've read my past reviews, I LOVE a what I fondly refer to as a multitasking story line where you have these different stories that intertwine so perfectly and the end result is great. Fullbright is brilliant in her writing because it's very hard to pull off this kind of storyline and majority of the time it comes out like a big pile of poo, but this wasn't the case!
Her characters made you feel like you were going up and down and all around with them as a shadow.
I will say Francis is my favorite character IF I HAD to choose, but only because I love that kind of pompus ass that you sympathize for but love because of his arrogence! You gotta read it to understand. There are no spoilers here today friends because it's too amazing to spoil!
Go forth, read and sing the praises for this awesome book! Go now! You have been informed!!!
Novel Publicity Blog Tour Notes
Wanna win a $50 gift card or an autographed copy of The Angry Woman Suite? Well, there are two ways to enter...
- Leave a comment on my blog. One random commenter during this tour will win a $50 gift card. For the full list of participating blogs, visit the official Angry Woman Suite tour page.
- Enter the Rafflecopter contest! I've posted the contest form below, or you can enter on the tour page linked above.
About the author:
Lee Fullbright is a fourth-generation Californian, raised and educated in San Diego. She is a medical practice consultant and lives on San Diego’s beautiful peninsula with her twelve-year-old Australian cattle dog, Baby Rae. The Angry Woman Suite, a Kirkus Critics’ Pick and Discovery Award winner, is her debut novel. Connect with Lee on her website, Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads.