Late to the Party: Nobody’s Secret

Nobody's SecretNobody’s Secret by Michaela MacColl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I was in high school, I began writing letters to Emily Dickinson. I felt a deep connection to her through her poetry. I needed someone to listen, to hear my troubles, so I chose her. I seem to recall that I mimicked her style, and my letters from then on, to anyone, became rife with dashes peppered throughout, as pauses, as emphasis –
Micahaela MacColl’s book, Nobody’s Secret, came to me as an ARC at ALA Midwinter meeting in January of 2013. An awful lot was happening then, and I read a few of the books I got, read and loved and shared about them. But several, including this one, languished in a pile.
What a delight it was last week to pick up this book, which so deftly captures the Emily who grew in my own imagination, the Emily to whom I wrote my letters.
Not only does MacColl capture the characters, the essence of period and place, she weaves a baffling and intriguing mystery throughout, which disturbed and captivated in equal measure.
I didn’t want to put this book down, but at the same time, I wanted to savor every page. I’m only sorry I waited so long to enjoy it.

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About vst3in

I am a writer, avid reader, birder, food preserver, and retired school library lady. I love colors and textures looking for them in the world around me. I'm working on a historical novel and reading lots of books for young people. I'm working to stay strong into my senior years, and I sail with my husband. This blog contains thoughts about all these things.
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