Wednesday, September 25, 2013

$50 Amazon Giveaway & Review: The Angry Woman Suite

The Angry Woman Suite by Lee Fullbright

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Master storyteller Lee Fullbright weaves three unique voices together in her award-winning psychological mystery about consequences. The Angry Woman Suite is a rare and bold novel; a heartbreaking, hopeful marvel.

  

"They need to be exercised, hearts do ... to keep them strong."


Every family has skeletons, but the Grayson family has more than its share of secrets--and of portraits. Mystery portraits that incite and obscure. Portraits to die for.


An unsolved celebrity double murder in Pennsylvania. A girl looking for autonomy. A young man in search of an identity. An older man's quest for justice.

A plot that pulls and twists.
"A special read ... a very gifted writer, like a seasoned classic composer. So great is the writing, it's worth the read just for that, but then Fullbright brings in story, rich in character, and descriptions that bring you home, with scenes that flow one into the other, even in divergent times, decades apart--and it all works, and works so well that I'm going to read it again and then put Lee Fullbright's The Angry Woman Suite on the shelf along with Maugham's The Razor's Edge and Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath."--Paulette Mahurin, author of The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap  
 "What Lee Fullbright has put between the covers of The Angry Woman Suite, even if I were to learn how it was done, still would border on literary magic."--Sean Keefer, author of The Trust


From Me...


Have you ever eaten something and thought, okay...this is good. Not great, but good enough.  You have extra and decide you might as well save some time the next day and take it to lunch.  Then you open your lunch and think, not this again.  Since you didn't bring anything else, you open your lunch, warm it up and prepare to be underwhelmed. Then you eat it.  Something happened during the night.  This cannot be the same food. This is amazing!  What was I thinking???  This is delicious, complex and just freaking great! I am the smartest person in the world for not throwing this away.

That is the best metaphor I can think of to describe The Angry Woman Suite.  When I finished it the first time, I was overwhelmed by the plot structure, the characters' behavior and the sometimes confusing internal dialogue.  After a few days, I thought this book has some great symbolism, and I might be able to pick up on some subtle plot points the second time through.

I found myself really getting into the book by going through it a second time.  Knowing how the book ended, I was able to figure out some of my questions.  Without giving too much away, I figured out the family tree and now understand how each character works with the other.  Going through the first time, I couldn't quite keep up with the changes.

What was really great about this mystery/thriller was that I legitimately did not know what was going to happen. Just when I thought I had something figured out, another surprise got me.  Usually this happens when reading an action-packed thriller; however, in Fullbright's novel, the characters behaviors and emotions drive the prose.

If I had one criticism, it would be Elyse.  Having never lived with an abuser, especially a child abuser, I can't imagine what kind of mental and emotional damage that can create. Having said that, I found myself getting annoyed with her forgiveness.  Throughout the book, Elyse tries to please her stepfather and continuously loves him after he does horrendous things. If I knew more about the affects of child abuse on the child I could have more accurately formed an opinion on her.  Without that advanced knowledge, I read the book assuming that her behavior stemmed from the abuse.  With this assumption, I believe that Elyse's character was emotionally gripping and at times difficult to read.

Seriously read this book.  It's completely original without being overdone.  I loved it not only for its literary value but its entertainment value as well.  



Source: Review copy received through Novel Publicity.
Genre: Mystery/Thriller



About the Book - About the Author - Prizes!!!

About the prizes: Who doesn't love prizes? You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards or an autographed copy of The Angry Woman Suite! Here's what you need to do...
  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog.
That's it! One random commenter during this tour will win the first gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win--the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other two prizes will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Angry Woman Suite tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck! About the book: “They need to be exercised, hearts do … to keep them strong.” Every family has skeletons, but the Grayson family has more than its share of secrets–and of portraits. Mystery portraits that incite and obscure. Portraits to die for. An unsolved celebrity double murder in Pennsylvania. A girl looking for autonomy. A young man in search of an identity. An older man’s quest for justice. A plot that pulls and twists. Get The Angry Woman Suite through Amazon. About the author: Lee Fullbright, a lifelong San Diegan, lives on beautiful Point Loma with her Australian cattle dog, Baby Rae (owner of her heart). Her literary mystery, The Angry Woman Suite, was a Kirkus Critics’ Pick, and won a Discovery Award (for literary fiction), as well as a Royal Dragonfly HM, and the award for “Best Mystery” at the 2013 San Diego Book Awards. Lee Fullbright is also the recipient of the 2013 Geisel Award, for “best of the best” at the SDBA. Connect with Lee on her website, Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads.

13 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting me-- love this review!

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    1. Thanks for checking in! Love the book and good luck!!!

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  2. Great review, Amy, and what dedication to read a book twice! I've done that with some of my faves too. Thank you for joining us on this tour and for cross-posting to Amazon and GoodReads when you have the chance. Also don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter and Random Commenter contests!

    Em <3

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    1. I posted on amazon and goodreads yesterday. I will check out the other posts and comment!

      Thanks!

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    2. I posted on amazon and goodreads yesterday. I will check out the other posts and comment!

      Thanks!

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  3. Great review, Amy. I really like your analogy, as it it spoke to the layers of meaning and the depth of this story.

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    1. Glad you liked it. Definitely many layers to this story!!!

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  4. Awesome review. I enjoyed this book and hated it- if you know what I mean. Some of the scenes were just so terribly sad. Lee Fullbright was an amazingly detailed at describing abuse. I need to reread as well.

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    1. Some of the scenes were too much for me, like when the dog dies. I have a solid "don't touch the dog" rule in all of my entertainment. Plus, Elyse's mom frustrated me bc I felt like she was just as culpable for all of the bad her husband did. Am I being too harsh?

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  5. I completely agree that this is a book that improves with multiple readings. Glad we were on the tour together!

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    1. SO glad to hear that I am not the only one who reread this!

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  6. For me, it was the prose that took me into the book. Having been around all sorts of abuse and seeing what mental instability does to some people and their children and their children's children, I understood the book. That Fullbright was able to capture this so well is beyond amazing. I only wish I can write so well someday.

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    1. I would have loved to have had your perspective while reading this book. I think having an understanding of abuse would have given this book an even more powerful meaning.

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