Review From User :
Oh, how I adored this book.
It's such a richly layered, but soft, story of family with an amazing sense of place. Denton brings the Gulf Coast region of Alabama to vivid life in this book ~ an area I definitely have a soft spot for. Betsy and Ty's marriage and life on their Alabama dairy farm, along with their struggle to conceive, are given such tender treatment that even though nothing about their life is easy, it made me instantly want to be THERE. In their house, on their farm, in their family. The other main part of the book is about Betsy's sister and her pursuit of her photography dreams.......at the cost of her two daughters, whom she leaves with Betsy and Ty. This relationship is also written with such compassion that despite the tensions that exist, it's an enviable example of sisterly support. Beyond that, all I can really say is that I wanted to hug this book the entire time I was reading it and never wanted it to end.
I highly recommend this book for fans of chaste domestic fiction ~ it reminded me on a few levels of PERENNIALS by Julie Cantrell, which I also very much enjoyed.
This debut novel – about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about growing up and coming out – will make its way straight into your heart.
Fig, a sixth grader, wants more than anything to see the world as her father does. The once-renowned pianist, who hasn’t composed a song in years and has unpredictable good and bad days, is something of a mystery to Fig.
Expand text… Though she’s a science and math nerd, she tries taking an art class just to be closer to him, to experience life the way an artist does. But then Fig’s dad shows up at school, disoriented and desperately searching for Fig. Not only has the class not brought Fig closer to understanding him, it has brought social services to their door.
Diving into books about Van Gogh to understand the madness of artists, calling on her best friend for advice, and turning to a new neighbor for support, Fig continues to try everything she can think of to understand her father, to save him from himself, and to find space in her life to discover who she is even as the walls are falling down around her.
Nicole Melleby’s Hurricane Season is a stunning novel about a girl struggling to be a kid as pressing adult concerns weigh on her. It’s also about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about coming of age and coming out. And more than anything else, it is a story of the healing power of love – and the limits of that power.