BOOK REVIEW: Woven
by Maureen Morrissey
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
SIX STORIES. ONE EPIC JOURNEY
When the world as you know it is rent into shreds, you either survive or you die.
When your friends, your neighbors, members of your own family starve to death in front of your young eyes, only a steel drive to live will rescue you. If your government turns on you, killing everyone in your community, only foresight and the guts to listen to it will help you. When widespread poverty and lack of hope destroy the fabric of reality, only fortune can save you.
When you survive any or all of these traumatic events, you live to create the next generation.
Cam and Tessa are the next generation.
Raised by Holocaust survivors and refugees in New York City in the 1970’s, Tessa battles not only her own demons but those her family faced. She takes nothing for granted and relies only on herself as she navigates a dangerous and dark period of time in the city. Cam needs to escape the midwestern upbringing that began with his mother’s journey from somewhere in Eastern Europe to an orphanage in Iowa and with his great grandfather’s early life in Ireland; and ends with his father’s spiraling and destructive behavior. Directionless and lost, Cam takes a risk to find his way.
At a chance meeting, they discover that they are kindred spirits; and against the push from both sides, they clasp hands and decide to face whatever may come together.
Woven dives deeply into events you learned about in history class and makes them personal. Written as a series of novellas, this book weaves the lives of four very different families into one story, showing that out of overwhelming adversity can come strength, hope, and a future no one predicted.
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I was a given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Here it is…
I’ll start by saying that I’m not really a fan of historical fiction. And I really don’t like short stories. This book isn’t a collection of short stories, but it’s written in a series of novellas, so I wasn’t sure what I was going to think about it.
Surprisingly, I enjoyed it. Morrissey writes about four families who each survive horrific events—the Great Hunger in Ireland, the Great Depression, and WWII. They come from different parts of the world, but their paths weave together into a modern day love story with the descendants, Cam and Tessa.
I would recommend this book for anyone who does enjoy historical fiction.