Allio's first novel received a starred review from Publishers
Weekly who described it as 'an exceptional debut'
. The reviewer's
only caveat being that 'Allio's finely wrought writing - Frances has "a laugh of
leaves," while Heald's wife muses that "the evening was what one
married for"just barely overshadows a narrative that turns
suspenseful in its final third
I found the first third of the book (part of which you can browse at BookBrowse)
hard to follow as it intersperses elements of the storyline with historical
musings from the postman and various other characters, and I wasn't entirely
sure what I was supposed to be taking out of it all. However, on finishing
the second section (which is written in a more linear style) I went back and
read some of the first part and felt I had a...
Beyond the Book
Kirstin Allio has taught
creative writing at Brown University and holds degrees from Brown and New York
Universities. Born in Maine, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her
husband and sons. This is her first novel.