Tuesday, December 20, 2016

#FRC2016: Hindsight by Mindy Tarquini

This fall, members of the Vise Library are going back to school by participating in a Fall Reading Challenge (it's our Junior Year!)  We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!

Course Title: Contemporary Fables
Department: Magical Realism
About the book:


Born this time around into a South Philadelphia Italian-American family so traditional, she and her siblings are expected to marry in birth order, Eugenia lives a simple life―no love connection, no controversy, no complications. Her hope is that the Blessed Virgin Mary (who oversees her soul's progress) will grant her heart's desire, the option to choose the circumstances of her next life. But when a student reveals he shares her ability, Eugenia suddenly finds herself setting up a Facebook page and sponsoring a support group for others like her, an oddball odyssey, during which she discovers she must confront her current shortcomings before she can break the cycle and finally live the life of her dreams.
A layered contemporary fable, Hindsight reminds us to live this life like it's the only one we'll have.
Hindsight is different than any book I have read in the past.  It follows Eugenia who has lived several lives and who crosses paths with people she has met before.  She tries to live a simple, uncomplicated life, but when you are living life that is not really possible.  She also feels weighted by all the lives she has lived in the past.  Eugenia soon learns that she is not the only one that has these gifts.  She even starts a support group for others like her and soon learns more about herself and what kind of life she wants to live.  This book was very interesting and had some very funny parts associated with it!

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About the author:

Raised by traditional people in a modern world, Mindy Tarquini is a second-generation Italian American who grew up believing dreams are prophecy, the devil steals lost objects, and an awkward glance can invite the evil eye.

She’s served as assistant editor with the Lascaux Review, also Spinetingler Magazine, and is a member of the Perley Station Writers’ Colony. Her work has won recognition from the Philadelphia City Paper, the Maui Writer’s Conference, and the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation.

A native Philadelphian, Ms. Tarquini packed up her pizza stone and westward-ho’d. She now resides in Phoenix, where she divides her time between writing and wrestling with her pasta maker.

She does not have hindsight

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