Today is my stop on The Fractured Globe Book Tour! I was very happy to be included in this book tour and have a chance to read this book! Now, on to the review!
Book Blurb: Nature? Nurture? Or just plain luck? Single mums, Tia and Kay, meet when their sons are born on the same day. Tia is a product of the welfare system but wants a better life for her son. Her entrapment by her manipulative and controlling boyfriend in the world of drink, drugs, crime and enforced prostitution suggests otherwise. Is she a ‘born devil’ or can she change and break free? Kay comes from a stable home but sacrifices it all, initially, to live her own kind of life. Overshadowed by betrayals, mistakes, regrets, and the mystery of an abandoned child, their paths – and those of their families – run parallel or criss-cross over twenty-five years. Can determination and the power of the snow globe offer a chance of happiness?
Author: Angela Fish
Length: 281 pages
Genre: Adult Fiction
Review: The Fractured Globe is a tale of two single mothers from two very different backgrounds, both trying to raise their children the best they can. Their lives become intertwined after a fateful encounter in the maternity ward, and they remain inexplicably connected over several years. This is by no means a lighthearted novel. It will have you experiencing many different emotions, and had me crying more than once. Tia’s story is heart-wrenching, stressful, and at times hard to stomach. Angela Fish really knows how to make you feel for the characters she writes, and by the end you are totally invested in their wellbeing. I did struggle to read certain parts, and for anyone concerned about content warnings, there are depictions of sexual assault, physical abuse and child neglect that can be quite distressing. Like I said, it’s not a light read, but the story is worth it, sort of cathartically heartbreaking if that makes sense. The Fractured Globe is an emotional read that explores the ties that bind us, and how breaking free from your past takes courage and perseverance.
About the Author: Angela worked in medical research, electronic and electrical engineering, and administration. In her mid-thirties, she decided to change direction and returned to university to study Humanities, specializing in Literature and Creative Writing. She then completed an MPhil (Literature) focussing on how women writers in Wales, between 1850 and 1950, portrayed their female characters. Following this, Angela joined the staff the University of Glamorgan where, in 2000, she set up and directed The Wales Centre for Intergenerational Practice. As well as providing training and advice, she worked with local schools and communities, over a period of ten years, to improve communication between the generations. She has been in demand, nationally and internationally, as a conference presenter and an invited speaker in her field. Her publications include non-fiction, short stories, poetry, and fiction for children. The Fractured Globe is her first full-length novel and explores the nature/nurture question through the lives of two single mums, their sons, and families, over twenty-five years. This debate, together with an interest in mythology and magic, has significantly influenced her writing. Angela is a member of The Society of Authors [SoA], and the SoA Children’s Writers and Illustrators
Group. She lives in south Wales.
Be sure to check out the other reviews for The Fractured Globe on the many stops of this Book Tour! Thanks to Angela Fish and DampPebblesBookTours for allowing me to participate!