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Today it’s my pleasure to bring you Tiffany Quay Tyson, author of Three Rivers. She’s bringing us one of her favorite recent books as part of September’s fabulous 30 Authors event. I love hearing what authors enjoy reading, they recognize great talent when they see it!
Without further ado, please welcome Tiffany Quay Tyson to Mom’s Small Victories and let’s see what she says about her favorite recent read, The Girl Who Slept with God by Val Brelinski…Keep reading till the end, there’s more info about 30 Authors and an AMAZING giveaway you won’t want to miss!
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The Girl Who Slept with God by Val Brelinski
Review by Tiffany Quay Tyson
When thirteen-year-old Jory’s sister Grace returns from a mission trip to Mexico claiming to be pregnant with the child of God, their ultra-religious father hides the girls away in a house on the edge of town. Jory is uprooted from her Christian school and sent to a rural public school where the youth culture of 1970s America is just beginning to make itself known. Set in Arco, Idaho, The Girl Who Slept with God is a touching coming-of-age tale from debut novelist Val Brelinski.
I picked up Brelinski’s book just before a road trip to promote my own book. It was an excellent choice. Brelinski tells a good story and she portrays her characters with both extraordinary sympathy and unstinting honesty. Perhaps it is Brelinski’s own childhood experiences as the daughter of devout evangelical Christian parents in Idaho that lends this story such authenticity, but it is her clear, compassionate voice that makes them so likeable. Even Grip, the mysterious ice cream man who befriends Jory and then Grace, is spared from becoming completely creepy as he spends too much time with a young teen girl. In fact, I found myself rooting for Grip at various points in the story. A lesser author might have made Grip purely sinister, but Brelinski gives him depth. She does the same with Jory’s father, Oren, who makes a series of baffling decisions in an effort to hide his family’s shame from the religious community. Thanks to Brelinski, we understand he loves his daughters. He just doesn’t know how to treat them.
Grace’s and Jory’s youngest sister, Frances, does not play a huge role in this story, but I found myself worrying about her most of all. Grace’s fate seems pre-determined and Jory is such a resilient young woman, it’s clear she will weather adversity. But young Frances, who spends too much time with her depressed and heavily medicated mother, seems altogether too young and innocent for the things her family endures. It is rare that I find myself caring so deeply for a character on the fringes of a story, but Brelinski doesn’t allow any character to play a marginal role. It’s admirable how she makes each character, each scene, and each sentence matter so much.
The Girl Who Slept with God is a funny, tragic, breathtakingly human story about a complicated family. I can’t wait to read what Brelinski writes next.
About Tiffany Quay Tyson
Tiffany Quay Tyson is the author of the novel Three Rivers, published in July of 2015. She grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and attended Delta State University. Her short fiction has been published in The Tulane Review and Peeks & Valleys: A Southern Journal. She currently lives in Denver, where she has served on the board of directors for Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and occasionally leads workshops for the Lighthouse Young Writers Program. Three Rivers is her first novel. Find out more about Three Rivers on Goodreads.
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#30Authors is an annual event connecting readers, authors, and bloggers. Throughout the month of September, 30 authors review their favorite books on 30 blogs in 30 days. The event has been met with incredible support from and success within the literary community. In the six months following the event’s inaugural launch, the concept was published as an anthology by Velvet Morning Press (Legacy: An Anthology). Started by The Book Wheel, #30Authors remains active throughout the year and you can join in the fun by following along on Twitter at @30Authors, using the hashtag, #30Authors, or purchasing the anthology. To learn more about the event and to see the full schedule, please click here.
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