Winner Of The 2018 Millennium Book Award
HENRY: A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America
by Karina Shawver
Andee Camp inherits a box of family history after tragedy strikes along with
a challenge to write a novel based on her ancestors. To fulfill this dream, she
would exchange her book reviewer hat for one of a writer, forcing the seeds of
self-doubt aside. With obstacles littering her path, she discovers the mystery
surrounding her relationship with her parents and theirs with each other alongside new pieces in a complicated puzzle.
Life In A Box is one of those rare novels that works wonderfully on multiple levels. On one it simply tells an absorbing story whilst on another, it proves a powerful and insightful reflection on the influences of fate and coincidence in directing the course of our lives. You should take it as a given that Neathery writes beautifully and for a debut author she certainly distinguishes herself. Her plot unfurling to reveal multiple entwining threads filled with rich detail, love, betrayal, tragedy and all tempered with timely levity. Though a relatively quick read she brings us a broad ensemble of characters who draw us in and don’t let go. Characters who are joined by their choices and actions and through them she reminds us how unpredictable life can be. Andee’s moments of self-revelation are perfectly pitched and again it’s to Neathery’s credit that she controls the tone of her narrative so well we believe we are reading about real people.
Few novels demand a faithful transition to the big screen but Life In A Box is one of them. An absolute corker of a read and a faultless debut from Neathery it is recommended without reservation.
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I'm avid about what interests me. Love the challenge of finding the right word to express a feeling. I've completed my novel, Life in a Box, five years in the making and published July, 2017. It is available through my website, www.jodeeneathery.com, Amazon.com, Smashwords, Kobo, Apple, B&N Nook, and select independent bookstores. I'm excited and hopefully so will my readers. I would love love love for you to read it and leave a comment here, Facebook, and better yet post a review on Amazon and let me know what you thought.