I received a free copy of The Kings and Queens of Roam from the publisher for my honest review.
About the Book:
From the celebrated author of Big Fish comes an imaginative, moving novel about two sisters, their dark legacy, and the magical town that entwines them.
Helen and Rachel McCallister, who live in a town called Roam, are as different as sisters can be: Helen, older, bitter, and conniving; Rachel, beautiful, naïve—and blind. When their parents die suddenly, Rachel has to rely on Helen for everything, but Helen embraces her role in all the wrong ways, convincing Rachel that the world is a dark and dangerous place she couldn’t possibly survive on her own . . . or so Helen believes, until Rachel makes a surprising choice that turns both their worlds upside down. In this new novel, Southern literary master Daniel Wallace returns to the tradition of tall tales and folklore made memorable in his bestselling novel Big Fish. Wildly inventive and beautifully written, The Kings and Queens of Roam is a big-hearted tale of family and the ties that bind.
About the Author:
Daniel Wallace is the author of five novels. His first, Big Fish, was made into a motion picture of the same name by Tim Burton in 2003, and a musical version is coming to Broadway in 2013. Wallace’s work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages and is studied in high schools and universities across the country. He is a contributing editor to Garden & Gun magazine and is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he teaches and directs the Creative Writing Program. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife, Laura Kellison Wallace. Visit his website at DanielWallace.org.
I must admit that this was not a book within my normal genres but I’m quite happy I chose to read it. I truly love that when I go outside of my norms and find a book that keeps me so engaged. I did not read Mr. Wallace’s first novel, Big Fish so I knew nothing of his style when I started this one.
The book is two stories; that of two sisters, Helen and Rachel and that of the town of Roam itself. Helen and Rachel are left alone after their parents die and Rachel is dependent on Helen as she is blind. Rachel is beautiful and as the book tells us, Helen is not. Helen is very jealous of Rachel and starts to tell her a series of lies about herself and her surroundings. The reader also learns about how the town was founded and about its founders.
The writing is just magical and so are the stories; there is a fair bit of fantasy involved in the tales and I’m not usually a fan of such but the book is just so well written you can’t help but get drawn into the story and well, believe.
Rachel finds that she doesn’t need her sister as much as she thought she did and Helen realizes she needs her sister more than she thought. It doesn’t end with unicorns and rainbows and the book does make you think – which I just love in a novel. The two tales come together giving, if not answers, then an end. I’ll keep this one to read again and with all that I read, you know those books are few and far between.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Kings and Queens of Roam from the publisher for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.