4 Stars for Even You by Marilyn Oser #FF


Title: Even You
Author Name & Publisher: Marilyn Oser (Mill City Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 2015 – 261 pgs


Where do you turn when love turns to hurt, when loss turns to fury?

Impetuous isn’t a word you’d use to describe Claire Bramany. She’s capable, reliable and steady. But when a sudden accident in Brooklyn in 1995 takes the life of her lover, Jessie Friedman, Claire’s world implodes.

And worse is soon to come: while cleaning out Jessie’s desk, Claire finds hidden journals that tell long-buried secrets of Jessie’s western girlhood.

Jessie’s account of Tulsa in 1944 appears innocent and playful, at first. Her days are peopled with quirky characters–especially Uncle Jimmy, an honest-to-goodness teenage hero just back from war-torn Europe. He’s Jessie’s favorite, until the afternoon he makes his move on nine-year-old Jessie.

No secrets, secrets kill: this was the promise Claire and Jessie had made to each other. But in twenty-three years together with Jessie, Claire never heard of any Uncle Jimmy, much less any sexual violation. Shattered, yearning to reconnect with the Jessie she thought she knew, Claire heads out to Oklahoma to find this man.

Is the story in the journals true? If so, has Claire any other course than to avenge Jimmy’s hideous crimes…?

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Avery powerful and poignant book.
I appreciated the way it was written covering the decades of the characters lives in an interesting and significant way.
The controversial subject covered put me in a bit of a dichotomy. Needing to be graphic to cover such a hideous crime I understood, however, the ability of the character to understand and even call the act a kind of “love” was totally alien to me.
I could recommend this book as a novel that is superbly crafted, with wonderfully colourful descriptions that transport you to the surroundings. However, the ending left me feeling a little empty and unfulfilled as a reader.


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Marilyn Oser lives in New York’s Hudson Valley and on Long Island. A Ph.D. in language and literature, she has taught English and history and has raised funds for arts, environmental, and community organizations. She is a recipient of the University of Michigan’s coveted Avery Hopwood Prize for excellence in writing.


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