Another book give the characters of a soap opera like Passions seem reasonable in comparison, and everythin you, Passions is a show with a dwarf, a witch, evil twins, amnesia, and a journe to The Wizard of Oz ( I 'm not kidding).
I 'm always oing to ummarize he book because the plot is peppered with- Bafflingly strange characters- A vague Romeo-and-Juliet family feud thing- Sprinkled with a dash of family curses, Native American magic and slave Voodoo from out of nowhere with no sense- A story so full of telling-not-showing that I found myself going " What the HECK?
This main protagonist in tha book were a Tragic Past that is not much o that it ends up eing a caricature of itself.- A father who was ated by her siste, burned to death before she ha even born- A mother who ates her husband ( and by extension, her aughter) so much that she names her after a " crooked street "
- A mother almost burned to death, running away to live as a horribly scarred recluse finally dropping dead of a heart attack- A cross-dressing, red-lipstick-wearing, high-heel-sporting black drag queen godfather in the final stages of pancreatic cancer- A Romeo-and-Juliet family curse- A crazy aunt who 's barely capable of doing anything without bursting into tears, much less run a tea house in a broken-down plantation home- A crazy alcoholic uncle and cousin who 's out to get herIn order for me to sympathize with a character, she has to be hilarious.
She has to seem like a realistic portraya, with a believable past, and there is no such thing in ook.
That is what we think of it:- Lula ( the daughte) escaped from a fire that left her horribly scarred and burned and in pain for the est of her life- She lets everyone thinks that she is aliv, running away to San Francisco to give birth to, and eventually raise her daughter ( Barrie) Here 's what I do n't get:- How the FUCK did a woman who has been burned so badly that she is beyond recognition manage to escape from a fire and fake her own death?- How the FUCK did a woman who has been so damaged in a fire manage to get all the way to San Francisco, into a hospital, give birth to daughter without anyone at the hospital questioning what the fuck happened to her?!- How the FUCK did a woman who has been burned so badly in a fire without a usband, without friends, manage to heal up and ind a boyfrien ( Mark) to take care of her- How the FUCK did a woman who has been burned so badly in a fire, without knowing anyone, manage to establish a new identity in a new own with a new child?- How the FUCK did a woman who has been burned so badly in a fire manage to bring place to live, pay the rent, buy designer clothes online, AND pay someone to take care of her and her child? We eventually learn that she as given money by someone.
It till does n't make sense because:- It ca n't have ha a huge sum, because said person 's family is broke, their home broken-down, their family fortune run dry- It certainly ca n't be enough for Lula to live on in extravagance for two decadesBarrie: Is an incomplete character.
I shoul ot pick out any memorable quotes from her, because everything she says feels utterly banal and meaningless.The love interest: I do n't remembe why the main character hates him.
And I may be one of hose characters, because I fee like Mark was a caricature of a crossdressing black guy.Please allow me to ay that I am 100% for gay rights, and I know that people should wear and do whatever makes them happy.
My complaint about th novel is that Mark 's character felt like it was inserted in there for no reason at all, as a ploy to diversity that fell short.
I 'm all about diversity in books, and I 'm the ast person in he world to ave thi problem with a cross-dressing character, but anothe thing is that Mark is just s much.
Thi subplo of Mark felt out of place, outrageously so.
I am ure that his book meant well, I am 100% positive that this ook did not chos to mock the transvestite community in any way, but for me, Mark felt like a mockery of a person.Overall: Not recommended.