The Gloaming

The Gloaming

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Pilgrim Jones' husband has just left her for another woman, stranding her in a small Swiss town where she is one day involved in a tragic accident. Overcome with guilt, she alights for Africa, befriending a series of locals, each with their own tragic past and each isolated in their own way. Mysteriously, one day a witch doctor's curse is carried into town, setting everyone in the remote Tanzanian outpost on edge. Pilgrim can't shake the feeling she's being followed.
Publisher: Columbus, Ohio : Two Dollar Radio, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781937512477
1937512479
Branch Call Number: FIC FINN, MELANIE
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 20 cm

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gailjackman
Jun 06, 2017

I was OK with the author's switching back and forth between countries and dates, but got a bit tired of it being too much at times. Toward the end it got better only because chapters were told with certain people in mind and it was easier to pick up the story line and figure out what had happened. The ending could have, in my opinion, been a bit better and a bit longer and not just abruptly finished off.

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calvoer
Mar 11, 2017

This book was on one of those "best books of the year" lists. Usually I like novels about people dealing with adversity in foreign lands, but this one began to grate about one-third the way through. There's plenty of high-minded-but emotionally-distant lyrical writing. The chapters veer back and forth in time between past and present. The "present" sections are written in the present tense..."I see her come toward me," etc, another contrivance that I think adds little. A tinge of tragedy, grief, menace, and impending violence permeates throughout. Well written and it has certainly gotten good reviews, but I found it disappointing.

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njon38
Jan 17, 2017

After being involved in the tragic death of three children, the protagonist absconds to Tanzania where she interacts with a series of locals each with their own tragic past mostly involving children. Finn describes Tanzania as a land of superstition, ghosts, violence, beauty and ugliness and the plot keeps the story interesting.

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mythoughts
Dec 29, 2016

So beautifully written; an exploration of grief, loss and journeys. Hard to describe but when a book is this well written, the subject matter is almost secondary.

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