STRINGS AND BONES: a Novel ~Kim Talon
“You’re getting visits from…people, for lack of a better word, who left this earth. Spiritually, at least. I’m assuming bodies were buried or burned or whatever. So where are they exactly? And who’s in charge of this other place? And how can they just…you know…talk to you like that?” (Location 2351)
STRINGS AND BONES is just the best Halloween read I could imagine sharing with you. Kizzie is a 37 year old designer living in Toronto, Canada. Her father was killed by a drunk driver just a few weeks before she was born into a small rural community not far from her current apartment in the big city. When as a teenager, several “spirits” awakened her during the night to get messages to people who need to be reassured or make some changes in their lives because of the death of that spirit. These awakenings are very frightening; Kizzie is afraid to pass the messages to the recipients. The voices quiet and now 17 years later they have begun again. Kizzie is becoming anxious and suffering from insomnia.
Aggie, an art agent and Kizzie’s best friend since early childhood, begins to question the exhaustion and worry and listens to the situation that is producing these problems. Aggie persuades Kizzie to deliver the messages and supports her through some angry reactions. The young women also talk about their “love” lives or lack of and Aggie introduces a successful artist, Marshall, to her friend and life makes a big change. The “professor” spirit shares some meaningful messages about life which are worthy messages for the living.
I have followed Talon on her blog for a long time and we have written letters and notes to each other in email and snail mail. Her short stories are compact and amazing reads and her photography is on the cover of the Harvest Potluck free e-cookbook on this blog. Kim’s recipe for apple crisp is in the cookbook and also mentioned in STRINGS and BONES.
Lovely read, I can highly recommend to my readers. Some good scary moments and ideas shared, lots of meaningful conversations over a glass of wine; a group of well-developed characters which feel like friends – lots to enjoy in STRINGS AND BONES.
“Kim Talon is a writer, poet, professional photographer, and long-time blogger, residing in Ontario, Canada. When not at the computer creating, she is found roaming the countryside, camera in hand, with her trusty Labradoodle, Charlie, at her side.” (cover)
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I was so excited about STRINGS and BONES that I bought the book myself as an ebook read. Lovely storytelling and beautiful words.