All the Things We Leave Behind

All the Things We Leave Behind

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It's 1977. Seventeen-year-old Violet has been left by her parents to manage The Purple Barn, their busy roadside antique store, for the summer. Her restless older brother, Bliss, has disappeared, leaving home without warning, and her parents are off searching for clues. Violet is haunted by her brother's absense while trying to cope with her new responsibilities. Between visiting a local hermit, who makes twig furniture for the shop, and finding a way to land the contents of the legendary Vaughan estate, Violet acts out with her summer boyfriend and wonders about the mysterious boneyard. But what really keeps her up at night are thoughts of Bliss's departure and the white deer, which only she has seen.
Publisher: Fredericton, New Brunswick :, Goose Lane Editions,, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780864920416
Characteristics: 235 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 14, 2018

This is a character- as much as plot-driven book, but the characters are extremely well crafted, with a depth that makes them read really real.

Similarly, Nason was able to elicit a depth of emotion that had me feeling all different things, often at the same time, and sometimes even in conflict with each other - the sign of a talented writer indeed.

Finally, I appreciated the way Nason handled Bliss's mental illness (depression). Again, this facet of the story felt real, with Nason treating it as an illness in the way that it often affects people and their loved ones, rather than some sensationalized version that is found all to often in books.

I will read other books by this author.

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