- Copertina flessibile: 128 pagine
- Editore: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edizione (28 giugno 2013)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1484083814
- ISBN-13: 978-1484083819
- Peso di spedizione: 240 g
Slag (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 28 giu 2013
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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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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.
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.
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.
Reviewed by Jon Shulenberger (August 20, 2013)
With SLAG, Ms. Harrison delivers a beautiful and moving coming-of-age story set in the small mining town of Flin Flon in Northern Canada in the 1950s. SLAG follows Anna, a teen ager growing up in a dysfunctional family--her father an alcoholic gambler, her mother an angry and abusive force in her life.
With the miners' bleak subsistence tied to their difficult and dangerous work in the mines, wage disputes, embezzlement and tempers explode as company goons are brought into Flin Flon to enforce the mine's lockout. Suddenly, this small northern community finds itself in a war with itself, and Anna in war with her heart.
Meanwhile, the advent of a new musical style called `rock & roll' is sweeping across the U.S. airwaves into the consciousness of Canada's teens. As an escape from her volatile life at home, Anna mines a previously unknown talent, becoming the first female disc jockey at Flin Flon's fledgling radio station.
Into this dark roux Anna finds herself inexplicably drawn to Ken, a native outcast, who plays goalie on the town's ice hockey team. Ms. Harrison makes good use of hockey terminology as a metaphoric device to tie her chapters seamlessly together.
In this important page-turner, Ms. Harrison ambitiously weaves many sub-plots into a stunning and seamless narrative. Her tale begins by slowly setting the stage, and quickly pulls readers further and further along in this exciting and entertaining novel. Well worth the read, SLAG is a compelling tale, beautifully told by an important new author. And, yes, this reviewer was caught completely off guard by its stunning conclusion.
~JPS in Nashville