What makes us step back to examine the events and people that have shaped our lives? And what happens when what we discover leads to more questions?
Angelica Schirrick wonders how her life could have gotten so far off-track. With two children in tow, she begins a journey of self-discovery that leads her back home to Ohio. It pains her to remember the promise her future once held and the shattering revelations that derailed her life.
Can she face the failures and secrets of her past and move forward? Somehow she must learn to accept the violence of her beginning before she can be open to life, and a second chance at love.
I want to start at the end here - kudos to author Linda K Sienkiewicz. Well done. I picked up this book not sure what to expect. Writing a story with deep emotional depth can so easily go wrong. It takes just the right touch to delve into painful memories in a thoughtful way that exposes our humanity without rolling in a poor me scenario. In The Context of Love has just that touch.
The story of Angelica begins in the present, but is told through a flashback to her earlier life. We meet her dysfunctional family and wonder. Something is off. First love blossoms, but is discouraged and then quashed - why? The emotional toll on mother, father and teen as they fight age old battles is laid bare. When the family secret is finally revealed, it shatters all illusions and sends Angelica on a downward spiral. She is..............(sorry no spoiler alert).
Readers are not left in this dark place. Hope returns. Healing returns. The human spirit is resilient and the future calls. The author's background in poetry has woven it's touch into this story line. There is a beautiful cadence to how it all unfolds. I can't wait to read more by this talented author. Again - KUDOS!
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Linda K. Sienkiewicz is a published poet and fiction writer, cynical optimist, fan of corgis, tea drinker, and wine lover from Michigan. Her poetry, short stories, and art have been published in more than fifty literary journals, including Prairie Schooner, Clackamas Literary Review, Spoon River, and Permafrost.
She received a poetry chapbook award from Bottom Dog Press, and an MFA from the University of Southern Maine. Linda lives with her husband in southeast Michigan, where they spoil their grandchildren and then send them back home.
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