In the Town of Joy and Peace

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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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Reviews of In the Town of Joy and Peace by Zdravka Evtimova

The Bubblegum Review 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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