It’s definitely a week we all could use an escape into books right?
A Frenzy of Sparks author Kristin Fields is sharing her pub day celebrations with a very weird week, so I’m happy to send her all the congratulations and tell you about this beautiful story that I was able to escape into!
“Through the eyes of a naive girl precariously balanced on the brink of womanhood, Fields expertly portrays the brutal and crushing devastation of addiction without ever losing sight of all that is beautiful and good. Profoundly moving and insightful—a book club must-read!”
—Kerry Anne King, bestselling author of Whisper Me This and Everything You Are
A plucky little girl named Gia is growing up in the 60’s in Queens. Things are hard for a girl in these times, and as much as her aunts and cousins want her to slather on the makeup and dresses, she just wants to hang out in the marshes, watch the birds and smell the salt water.
But things definitely turn a bit dangerous when one of her cousins introduces drugs into this tight knit family, and as much as Gia is determined to escape their sleepy town, she wishes more to save it from disastrous consequences.
“A deeply atmospheric novel that will have you turning the pages deep into the night, A Frenzy of Sparks is your next must-read.”
—Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Hidden and I’ll Never Tell
I immediately got sucked into this one and felt like I was transported to 1965 Queens and it’s gritty landscape, and tight knit families. The heroin epidemic was raging in the area at that time – and this told a heartbreaking tale of how entire families can be ripped apart by drugs. It can change the trajectory of your whole life, just being related to an addict.
I found myself relating to spirited 13 year old Gia in so many ways – and her love of nature and family is so endearing. She is a character you can’t help but root for, even though the struggles she wishes to fix are so beyond her.
A wonderful story of family crisis and heartache, beautifully written and will be a hard one to forget.
Thank you Suzy Approved Book Tours, Amazon Publishing, and Lake Union Publishing for the gifted book!
You can grab this one HERE!
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Paperback : 253 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542022446
- Product dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (November 3, 2020)
- Language: : English
About the Book:
It’s 1965, and thirteen-year-old Gia, along with her older brother and cousins, are desperate to escape their sleepy, tree-lined neighborhood where nothing ever happens. The only thing Gia would miss is the surrounding marsh, where she feels at home among sea birds and salt water.
But when one of Gia’s cousins brings drugs into their neighborhood, it sets off a chain of events that quickly turn dangerous. Everyone will be caught in the ripples, and some may be swept away entirely. Gia is determined to keep herself and her family afloat while the world is turned upside down around her. Can she find a way to hold on to the life she was so eager to leave behind, or will she have to watch it all disappear beneath the marsh forever?
At turns heart-wrenching and hopeful, A Frenzy of Sparks explores a world where survival is the attempt to move forward while leaving pieces of your heart behind.
About The Author:
Kristin Fields grew up in Queens, which she likes to think of as a small town next to a big city. Fields studied writing at Hofstra University, where she received the Eugene Schneider Fiction Award. After college, Fields found herself working on a historic farm, teaching high school English, and designing museum education programs. She is currently leading an initiative to bring gardens to New York City public schools, where she lives with her husband.
Visit Kristin at: www.kristinfields.com