Guest Reviewer: Rachel Thompson
Rachel Thompson is the author of Broken Places (one of IndieReader’s “Best of 2015” top books and 2015 Honorable Mention Winner in the San Francisco Book Festival and Los Angeles Book Festival), and the multi award-winning and bestselling Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed.
Rachel is published and represented by Booktrope, where she also directs the Gravity Imprint, bringing fiction and nonfiction stories of trauma and recovery to life. She has connected to sexual abuse survivors worldwide through her books.
Extremely well-written, Hair Club Burning is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.
Wry, witty observations of society, be it racial stereotyping, marital discord, the tragic/comedic elements of long-term and newfound love, I found myself completely immersed in these fully-fleshed out characters, rooting for main protagonists Mary Ann and Jay, as well as the secondary (and hilariously whip-smart and lively) cast, all who came to life so well, I’ve already cast most of them in my mind for movie that’s sure to follow.
There are so many layers to this book: not only the obvious black and white, but the diametrically opposite stories of the lives people lead. What’s beautiful is how these lives can mesh, creating a harmony most people judge out of ignorance and fear. Mary Ann and Jay represent what’s possible, via the skilled hands of Wareham and Davis.
Terrific. I highly recommend this book!
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