You guys know I’ve been reading a ton lately, gobbling up all of the recommended books my library could give me, and I was intrigued by the chance to read and review a book being released this March.
The Unraveling of Mercy Louis is about Mercy, a small town basketball star, Illa, the tiny, invisible manager of the team, an event that almost destroyed the town three years ago, and the witch hunt of the town’s girls after a disturbing discovery is made on the last day of school. It takes place in Port Sabine in Southeast Texas, on the bayou and border of Texas and Louisiana…a place I know a little about since at least three of my close friends live in the area, and switches back and forth between the points of view of Mercy and Illa.
Keija Parssinen’s writing is intelligent and thoughtful, forcing the reader to think along the way, getting wrapped up in the setting and the characters. Only in the very first transition between the first person Mercy chapters and the third person Illa chapters did I pause…the rest of the transitions were easy, thanks to Keija’s graceful writing. Mercy truly is the center of the story, and her “unraveling” sends Illa and the rest of the residents of the town into a tailspin, while the relationship between Mercy, the town’s golden girl, and Illa, the manager that idolizes her, evolves unexpectedly and significantly.
Mercy Louis examines what it’s really like to be family….not just your blood, but the family you make with friends and a close-knit, hard-working team idolized by the town. What lengths do you have to go to to choose your own path when your life is defined by the pressure placed upon you and the town’s expectations swallow you whole?
Would you like to win a copy of The Unraveling of Mercy Louise for yourself? (Of course you do!) Just leave me a comment below with your favorite genre of books or what you’re reading now to enter. I’ll choose a winner at random on 3/11!
I received a copy of the book to review, but all opinions are 100% my own. For more cars on the book review train, check out what Andrea of Good Girl Gone Redneck and Nicole Leigh Shaw had to say, and go over to Julie C. Gardner’s place tomorrow.