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Touch of Fire

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Good writing, slow-burning story and complex struggles made even hard to endure by society's expectations.

Synopsis

There are things we pretend to know and things we pretend not to know, and we seesaw between the two depending on what hurts the heart less at a given moment. I'm not the girl I thought I would be. I used to think of myself as a knower, but I've come to learn that I'm as naive as a newborn at least, and possibly more so. What makes any one of us a good girl? Loving to the bone or following the rules? I imagine you can guess which girl I am.

Touch of Fire by Pam Goode is a novel about love and the struggles of it, about society's expectations (especially on women), making life mistakes and the courage it takes to get over them and do what's good for you.


The writing and storytelling is flawless and it paints life just as it is: messy, painful, complex, complicated and beautiful. It is a story about heartbreak and love, pain and desire, loss and acceptance.


The story is not told chronologically and the reader has to put it head to toe from the glimpses they get into the main character's life, Jenny. Jenny is a new mum in a difficult marriage and all the choices she makes puts her against society and even her own family. Every little glimpse of Jenny's life is woven through the story almost with fire. The fire is present everywhere, hence the title - and it's not literally fire, but that fire inside of each of us.


Jenny's struggles are real and relatable. She is a complex characters and it's hard not to empathize with her struggles, even though you might not agree with her actions. Life is not black and white and it was refreshing to have a main character that makes mistakes, that's not perfect on paper or otherwise. Where the book falls short is... the other characters. Even though the book is about Jenny and told from her perspective, I still wanted to see more development when it comes to the other characters as well. I wanted to learn more about them and for them not just to be in Jenny's life to push the plot forward.


But overall, the book is really engaging and easy to read. Once you start, it is hard to stop. The writing simply flows and it captures the reader in a mosaic of life that is hard to let go.

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I'm Andreea, book lover raised in a library by my librarian aunt (and baby-sitter). Books are my favourite gifts to receive and I love to read pretty much everything from non-fiction to new adult, but my all time favourites are fantasy and science fiction.

Synopsis

There are things we pretend to know and things we pretend not to know, and we seesaw between the two depending on what hurts the heart less at a given moment. I'm not the girl I thought I would be. I used to think of myself as a knower, but I've come to learn that I'm as naive as a newborn at least, and possibly more so. What makes any one of us a good girl? Loving to the bone or following the rules? I imagine you can guess which girl I am.



I saw Sarah one last time. The new swimsuits had just been put out, and we were sliding our bodies in and out of stretchy fabric quite separately in identical little rooms of the same store where we had tried them on together that summer. I heard her say she was headed for a week stretched flat on the sand in St. Thomas, and I knew right off who the voice came out of. We looked full at each other without a word, pretending coolness so well that not even a pink flush of surprise showed on either face. She had a brown one-piece on the hanger. I walked myself into another store and bought the most drop dead bikini I could lay my hands on. I’ve never worn it. Not even in my bedroom in front of the mirror all alone. Not even for Sam. But remembering it folded away in my third drawer gives me a good rough edge when I have to play the scarlet woman. They were married two years when Sam left.

About the author

A native of New Orleans and graduate of Duke University in English Literature, Pam is an avid traveler fascinated by the human spirit, with its foibles, complexities, and hope. Consequently, a penchant for philosophical ramblings is pretty much expected. This is her debut novel. view profile

Published on July 24, 2020

40000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Literary Fiction

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