The Grrrl of Limberlost: A Rain City Comedy of Manners by Annie Pearson
Release Date - August 2013
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
The Grrrl of Limberlost isn't an easy story to follow, but it has an extremely intriguing premise. Told from the point of view of three different characters, one of the characters in the story is an unreliable narrator.
The opening scene details a very realistic-looking online murder, or is it a murder? Things suddenly switch to a Seattle coffee house. Samsara Byron is one of the rare few working on Christmas. Sam's an expert programmer who saves the world from hackers. She has a vital piece of software she's working on that she fears may be a problem if it makes it into the wrong hands, but she's also distracted by her brother who has a penchant for getting into problematic situations. Toss in the remaining two narrators, Matt, a guy who's returned to Limberlost and is desperate to keep his family safe from the gangsters who are after him, and Nicky, an odd man with unusual interests (porn farming) who is betrayed by his cousin.
As the story progresses, I suggest keeping a notebook nearby. I got lost too many times keeping track of the different characters and how they tied together. Some chapters are incredibly short, while others are much longer, and that made it hard to keep up with the rapid changes, especially in the Netgalley version I had where the Nook formatting often jumbled endings of one chapter and beginnings of the next so that there was no noticeable separation. Keeping up with the changes proved to be too much for me. I found myself only wanting the story to focus on Sam, she's tough as nails and quirky enough that I really enjoyed her. In a way, I found her to be a bit like Abby from NCIS, and that's a very good thing!