Perdita

Perdita

Book - 2013
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After a love affair that ends in tragedy, Garth Hellyer throws himself into his work for the Longevity Project, interviewing the oldest living people on the planet. But nothing has prepared him for Marged Brice, who claims to be a stunningly youthful 134. Marged says she wants to die, but can't, held back by the presence of someone she calls Perdita. Garth, despite his skepticism, is intrigued by Marged's story, and agrees to read "her" journals of life in the late 1890s. Soon he's enthralled by a story of love, loss, and myth in the tempestuous wilderness of the Bruce Peninsula.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2013
Description: 424 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9781476700137
Branch Call Number: Scha

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GLNovak
Oct 02, 2013

I can't say that I really enjoyed this book. The descriptions of the Georgian Bay area and the effect it had on Marged, the main character, were great, and the snippets of the love story made me want to know more. However, the whole allusion to Greek mythology and the ghostly little girl made the story murky for me. I felt the melding of all the threads, plus the modern-day scenes on top of the historical ones, was a little contrived. I did read to the end just to see how it was all pulled together, and unhappily was left very much wanting. Many others on Goodreads loved it but it was just not my cup of tea.

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blee3x
May 30, 2013

What an awesome debut novel from the author. Such a beautiful, emotional story with a mix of romance, historical fiction, adventure and supernatural. If you have ever been to the Georgian Bay area, you will really appreciate this book. This will be one I will re-read for sure

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