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Melodie Leclerc was born and raised in Langruth, Manitoba. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA in English before teaching English in South Korea for two years. Her life got fuller when she met her husband and had two children—her son passed away but her daughter continues to bring joy into her life. She currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta writing whenever she gets a chance. You can catch up with her on her livejournal or on facebook.
on July 08, 2013 :
This book covers a wide range of topics which track Leclerc's vivid experiences and insights into motherhood, daughterhood, growing up, pain, loss, and finding one's place in the world. I most enjoyed the essays (non-fiction) in the first part of the book, since they seemed much tighter with powerful messages and moving passages that really struck a chord. I was teary-eyed through several of them.
The fictional part of the collection was a bit less concise in terms of style, but almost all contained a similar thematic vein: that we all have a role to play in the world. I lean toward sci-fi myself, so I preferred the stories about the futuristic warehouse and the Hero Maker. I'd love to see more with some of these great ideas.
On the whole the collection is true to its name: it gives the reader an assortment of content (both fictional and non-fictional) which are not all tied thematically. However, this also means there could be something for everyone in here, and that a reader is likely to find him/herself touched by Leclerc's writing spirit.
(reviewed long after purchase)