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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Oh to Grace by Abby Rossner

Release Date - May 2013

Abby Rossner
Vision Quest

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Oh to Grace starts easily enough. A young woman pulls up to a senior housing facility where she will be interviewing resident of that home. The story then switches to the past and Aunt Frankie begins sharing her family's history. I admit, I started, stopped, and restarted this section a number of times. It took a bit to get use to the switch from the present to the past. Along the way, I would get lost and have to backtrack to keep up with the changes in dates, characters, and stories. Yet, having listened to many of my grandmother's stories, this is also exactly how her stories would go. One story led to another and soon you had a wealth of information at your fingertips.

 Frankie's stories are told with humor and emotion. They often seem so real that they could be your own elderly relatives sharing their tales of the Depression, prohibition, and the wars. The story takes place in Tennessee and Illinois (Chicago), so there is a bit of the vernacular to get used to, but it's not enough to distract from the story.

This is one of those stories that I think I need to purchase my own copy of. Aunt Frankie's stories are delightful, but I am sure that if I read it a second, third, and even fourth time, I'd find a new level of enjoyment each time.

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