I like Wally Lamb, but this book was a little disappointing. What there is of it is good, but it’s so short. At 272 pages, Lamb is just starting to warm up to his characters. I turned the page expecting so much more, and it was the end!
This is the story of Felix Funicello and the three women who shaped his life: his sister Frances, her mother Verna, and his daughter Aliza. Through the medium of film, he relives his childhood relationship with Frances and learns Verna’s story. His daughter Aliza is a writer and an independent career women in New York.
As much of there is of it, is good. I wanted more.
Jane Yolen uses three voices to tell the story of the white-haired child, Jenna, who is found by the warriors of the Hame: straight-forward story telling, folk songs, and academic analysis. Among the three sources emerges a world in transition, awaiting the white leader who is to take their world through a disruptive time to a new world order.
Jenna, also called Jo-ann-enna, learns that she is this white warrior. Her growth into the prophecy is rocky, resisted by the leaders of her world, accepted by some. The calling forth of her dark sister, Skalda, visible only by moonlight and candle light, helps her to accept her fate.
Jane Yolen has a gift for world building that creates an articulate, believable world for Jenna to come into her powers. This book, the first of three, is a solid introduction to her life and surroundings.