Book Review: Cocoon by Emily Sue Harvey
I loved this story!
I love southern stories----southern in landscape and speech.
The author describes the beauty of Seana's corner of South Carolina, tucked away just below North Carolina, where you can see the "blue Smokey Mountain range." The fragrance of "honeysuckles, primrose, lavender" greet the reader in the first few pages.
Southern expressions such as: "For crying out loud." "In a jiffy." "Off kilter." "Well I never." "Evasive as a feral fox." This is the language of my people, my land, my south. There is comfort in being amongst my own people---even in a fiction world.
Barth's role as caregiver I can relate to. The never-ending moments that develop in to days of caring for someone that is uncooperative, fussy, obstinate. The hope of a better day, a day of not just a respite, but healing.
Love is displayed not just in word, but action amongst Seana's family and friends. Each of her loved one's in tenderness and patience, wait in faith, for the day of Seana returning to them.
On first reading Cocoon it appears to solely be about Seana, yes she is the main character and the character that is going through this most pitiable and troubling disease. Yet, I believe Cocoon is about love. Beyond the "moonlight and roses" as my mother used to say, Cocoon is about love when there is no beauty, there is no birdsong in the morning, there is only the dark night and it seems to go on forever.
Thank you to Emily Sue Harvey and The Story Plant for my free review copy in return for an honest review!
An additional thank you to my precious friend that introduced me to Emily Sue Harvey's books----Vicki Moss, her website is:
Published by The Story Plant and will be available May 29, 2012
Fiction/Love Story/Mental Illness/Family Saga
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