Stray Love Hardcover – Mar 12 2012
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Stray Love is a vibrant and deeply moving book about a boy of uncertain origins who seeks belonging in a world of harsh divides and stifling conventions. It is a book about parents who have been called to witness the evils of a war, and about children who have inherited bot the responsibilities and emotional fallout of such brave seeing. Kyo Maclear is a writer of enormous talent and compassion ? one to trust wholeheartedly in revealing the funny, the beautiful, and the unadorned truth. - David Chariandy ()
About the Author
KYO MACLEAR was born in London and grew up in Toronto as the only child of a foreign correspondent. Her father reported on some significant world events, including recording the first interviews with American POWs in North Vietnam. While Stray Love is entirely a work of fiction, it is informed by her experiences living with her father. Her first novel, The Letter Opener (2007), was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artists Award and shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Maclear is also an award-winning visual arts writer and the author of two children’s books: Spork (2010) and Virginia Wolf (2012). Visit her online at www.kyomaclear.ca.
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A brilliant book, highly recommended.
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Maclear's skill at weaving a story through time is evident when she brings the reader back to the narrator's present right when his memories start to become overwhelming. This means that the upshot is that this novel is uplifting despite the realistic portrayal of horrible events in the narrator's past.
This novel deals with huge themes of war, race, family, and identity, but all through the eyes of a young artist which means it is never overwhelming. The characters are all very well drawn, from the cast of journos in Saigon to the various mother figures in the narrator's life, and this is the true strength of the story.
Maclear's first novel, The Letter Opener, was a well-written tribute to the role our possessions play in our lives. This second novel has the same beautiful writing and fantastic way of weaving stories and time together naturally, and I expect it to be a rousing success and critical darling.