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Slag [Copertina flessibile]

Joyce V. Harrison

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28 giugno 2013
In 1970, Anna Sorenson faces a critical decision that takes her back to a remote Canadian mining town named Flin Flon and her last year of high school. In 1955, she struggles to deal with her tyrannical mother and dysfunctional family even as the town also heads into crisis: a conflict between the mine and the union turns ugly, the hockey team battles for the championship and bitter cold weather takes an unexpected toll. “Slag” paints a gritty portrait of life in the North and offers a glimpse into the Fifties generation when rock and roll arrived and the strict social fabric began to unravel.

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This is the author’s first work of fiction after a lifelong career in the advertising, broadcasting and music industries. Born and raised in Canada, she moved to the U.S., living in Chicago, then Nashville, before returning to the North Shore of the Windy City where she works as an independent freelance writer.

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5.0 su 5 stelle Honest & Touching Coming of Age Story 20 luglio 2013
Di jtb - Pubblicato su
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato
How refreshing, a story about a young women coming of age in a small mining town in western Canada, that isn't filled with gratuitous sex, a miner's ton of angst and endless pages of introspection. Instead, Slag, tells a far more honest and touching story as we follow the central character, an 18 year-old Anna Sorenson through the final few months of her graduating year of high school in 1955. I was so glad the writer didn't make the entire story about Anna, but rather introduced a number of people in her life and told their stories, eventually revealing how they all connected and how it helped shape the central character.

Though the story was set in 1955, when the world was, according to popular sentiment, a quieter, less confusing time; the conflicts of the heart are no different than today - first love, parents as imperfect as the children they are trying to raise, the always trying to fit in, racism or any reason to hurt someone else who is different. The problems of the adults in her life are as equally familiar today- empty marriages, fights over money, work issues, alcoholism. And of course the hockey team, as central today in any small Canadian town as it was in the Flin Flon of 1955.

It was an easy read, that focused on the events, their repercussions, the people in her life. There were moments that brought tears to my eyes and others that had the blood rushing to my cheeks in anger. If only more writers understood that there is more drama and impact in the honest exchanges between people, than over-the-top contrived moments, they would probably move more people.

I love it when you have everything come together at the end and all the points that have come before coalesce into a logical resolution. I really liked the choice to have the novel open with a 33 year-old Anna, a successful network executive flying back to the home she grew up in and ends with her flying back after a few days attending to final matters after her mother's death. In between arrival and departure is the story of that 18 year-old girl. Everything in between helps us to understand who Anna is at 33 and what lies ahead for her.

It would be nice to see the story made into a movie, as long as they focus on the characters and the story, and not go "Hollywood".

As a first novel from a writer with a background writing ad copy, radio commercials, lyrics, and whatever paid the bills, this was a promising beginning and makes me wish Ms. Harrison had written others. Looking forward to the next one.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Back to one of the most interesting times, the 1950s. 23 settembre 2013
Di Momma Frugal - Pubblicato su
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I really enjoyed this book. From beginning to end, I was able to read it straight through in under three hours! It read that easily!

In Slag, you will go back to the 1950s. The 1950's was, I think, one of the most defining times in Canada as well as the US. The country was still young and new artists like Elvis Presley were becoming well known. Crisis's that are more common place now, were not then and sometimes changed your life in ways you never expected.

In this novel, you will meet Anna who is going through one of the toughest times as a young adult, their Senior year in high school. Combine into that the problems in the town, the school hockey team, the unbelievable disaster that happens, her family problems, and her relationship with a young man who is part Cree Indian and you will be able to see what set in place a pivotal change in Anna's life.

Unlike many novels, this book doesn't focus totally on Anna. You will learn about other characters in the book and you will see how all of them are a very important part of her life.

Then you will travel forward 15 years, to another defining moment in Anna's life. One that by going back and revisiting the town she grew up in, helped her decide on a new path.

This book was very well written, flowed very well and I enjoyed reading it.

Thank you to the author for providing me a copy for my review.
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5.0 su 5 stelle SLAG - A DEFINITE MUST-READ 1 settembre 2013
Di Krazy4Kritters - Pubblicato su
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What an impressively crafted book, especially for a first novel. A page-turner from the get-go, I love how the book intertwines so many different characters making them fit together so snuggly like the pieces of a puzzle.

I felt sympathy for the character, Anna, mostly because of her abusive home situation. At the same time, I wanted to be her cheerleader with her high-school insecurities, first love, heartbreak, regrets and a bit of rebelliousness, things that we can all relate to.

A smart, gripping novella... and in it's ultimate unraveling, the perfect example that emotional healing and closure, even though sad, can lead to new beginnings.
5.0 su 5 stelle Fifties Relived 20 novembre 2013
Di M.Rae - Pubblicato su
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Wow! What a flash back to the 1950 in "Slag"
If MS. Harrison intended to bring back some intense and sometimes disturbing memories about life in the 50's for young women she has done that with great skill.Having observed and avoided the pitfalls in such situations I feel blessed to have had parents who respectfully guided me through those"sort of" fun filled and confusing years.

Life in a mining town in itself is not always a delightful experience for young woman at any time in history.

In the 50's it was juxtaposed with the American version of the young hero and beguiled heroine, hula hooping, surfing, sunning in the sand, dancing in poodle skirts to the dance crazies " Rock Around the Clock,Elvis, Presley and all different forms of four men groups of "love us baby", crooners." It was a "sometimes fun" life but very head in the sand kind of existence. I got through most of it by playing sports.

Congratulations to Anna for perceiving in her life right from wrong. A life which seemingly was riddle with just about every impossible situation one could imagine. Most sad indeed.
She survived. She embraced her challenge and did something about her own life. This brave young woman is an inspiration to other young women. It would be a good read for all young people in the years when their thoughts and actions do make a difference to the rest of their lives. I survived it and moved on into my real life.
It is not always an easy read but life is not always easy in the real world.
Thank You Joyce V. Harrison for reconfirming my thoughts during that precarious time in my life.
5.0 su 5 stelle Timeless Page Turner 8 settembre 2013
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I love books that take me into a new experience of the world; something unique and different from my own cultural surroundings. Slag did just this, by bringing me into a remote Canadian community, filled with an ensemble of intriguing characters, each trying to make their way in life through a landscape of broken hearts and fragile dreams. With surprises and excitement in every chapter, I could not put this book down!

Although the story takes place in the 50's, the human needs and dilemma's brought up in this novel are timeless. Although the setting may be new and different, my heart feels a connection to what Anna is going through, and I imagine just about anyone would find at least one character to identify with in this eclectic bunch that Ms. Harrison has brought to life.

Joyce Harrison's ability to make me care and connect with the cast of people involved in the story to the point I feel I know them intimately, reminds me of the writing style of the great Stanley Gordon West. Yes, it is that good. Highly recommended.

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