A Frenzy of Sparks
by Kristin Fields
Publish Date November 3, 2020
by Lake Union Publishing
About the book
rom the author of A Lily in the Light comes a poignant story of innocence lost and what it means to grow up too fast.
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.
Are you looking for a book with some real life topics with deep undertones? I have one right here. A Frenzy of Sparks by Kristin Fields is one of those books that will really hit home with a lot of people, and certainly will strike up a wonderful conversation with book clubs, groups and buddy reads.
Told in the perspective of Gia, an eighth grader in 1965 Queens, an age where you are stuck between being a kid and growing up. Gia and her cousins live in a sleepy little town where nothing exciting ever happens. When one of Gia’s cousins brings drugs into the neighborhood, she finds her world completely upended, and is resolved to help her family withstand the residual effects of addiction and crisis.
This book was a slow burn for me, but as the title suggests, there is a nonstop ‘frenzy of sparks’ throughout the novel that just keeps you turning the pages eager for more. It’s a powerful and heavy coming of age story that deals with the onslaught of the heroin epidemic in small town USA. The character of Gia is written brilliantly, as she exhibits perfectly the torn emotions of a 13 year old girl yearning to grow up yet still holding on to childhood. Ingeniously written from Gia’s perspective, this novel is a fascinating read and reestablishes the long term difficulties addiction and the war on drugs can create. Kristin Fields brings out all the heart and emotion felt during a family crisis and captures it well on paper. An intense and poignant read that will stay with you long after you’ve finished.
I just would like to thank Kristin Fields,, TLC Book Tours and Lake Union Publishing for the gifted copy of this book for my unbiased and honest opinion for review.
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