The Girl Made of Clay by Nicole Meier
Book Review: 3 out of 5 star rating
Sara and her mother were abandoned by her father when Sara was a young girl and she was left with an emotionally unstable mother and too much responsibility on her young shoulders. Sara’s father, known as “TR”, was a famous sculptor and his fame pulled him away from his family. Sara is now a grown woman with a husband and a young son. Her marriage is not doing well and Sara needs no further complications when she receives a phone call from a hospital telling her that TR was severely burned in a fire and was asking for her. Old wounds are reopened.
While I well understand that family dynamics can be very complicated, this book just didn’t ring true to me. I could have been in Sara’s shoes in my own life and I know I would have responded quite differently than she did. Not wanting to give away the plot, it’s difficult to explain but forgiveness is one thing and being used is another. I also had a hard time connecting with these characters, maybe because I felt out of sync with them. It was also too drawn out at times.
I did enjoy the artistic parts of the book and the creative passion that Sara never lost despite her father’s abandonment. I felt compassion for Sara but it wasn’t enough to make this book a really special one. It was an OK read and I never wanted to give up on it. It just isn’t one that I will long remember.
This book was won by me in a Goodreads giveaway.