In the Town of Joy and Peace

Rated 5.00/5 based on 1 reviews
Women of action and obstinacy live and struggle with brutality, humor, tenderness and frustration in Radomir, Bulgaria, the Town of Joy and Peace. All inhabit a society where lowness, trickery, networking and criminality rule at numerous levels. They face the devil’s temptations: sex, alcohol, prostitution, and petty robbery. Yet these women do not lose face or hope. They struggle. More

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Sistah Gurl reviewed on May 26, 2020

Wow, I'm kind of speechless. This was an amazing read, but not because it's an amazing book--worthy of 10 stars and glowing reviews, but because this book is an *experience.

I guess this review will seem as strange as I thought this book; but strange in an amazing yet ephemeral way. "You had to be there" kinda vibe. Words that describe with the beauty of prose, but with edge like a sword, like seeing a very beautiful rose that pricks you with its thorns.

The location and characters in this book are of equal paramount importance, and the writing interacts them in a way that creates a story of depressing abusive stagnancy filled with a sort of magical realism. Like Wuthering Heights meets 100 Years of Solitude.

Barring errors throughout the book, the writing is great but dense, heavy: it's like someone who seems like they have too many teeth. I felt like each sentence is jam-packed with more sentences ... it seems like a lot going on.

It was just such a strange read, a book with a definite personality of its own. It's funny, and I love when women know how to write with edge.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
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