Thursday, July 31, 2014

'til the well runs dry review

I'm so excited to have some book reviews lined up again.  I've been lucky enough to have found a bunch of terrific books lately, 'Til the Well Runs Dry, by Lauren Francis-Sharma, being one of them.  Spoiler alert: I genuinely, thoroughly enjoyed it.

Basic plot: This story follows Marcia Garcia (from her teenage years as a seamstress all the way through to her middle age), and her life in Trinidad and the U.S.  It spans generations and covers secrets that smother both families and communities.  Macmillan, the publisher, put it this way: "'Til the Well Runs Dry tells the twinned stories of a spirited woman’s love for one man and her bottomless devotion to her children," and I couldn't put it better.

On a scale from 1 to Cripplingly Depressing: 3. It's a book about life, and sometimes life is very messy and very hard.

Favorite bits: The complexity of the female protagonist was something that I appreciated and enjoyed immensely.  The fact that there were realistic characters and familial interactions improved the book and made it far richer than I had expected.  The book did not feel long, even though it spanned almost the full lifetime of the main character.

Memories from reading: This one I couldn't put down - I remember sitting in my chair and devouring it over the weekend and in the evenings.

Weapon of Choice: Hardcover, from the library.

Other titles by this author: None! This was her debut novel.

Have you read it? What were your thoughts?


  1. I love finding great books by debut authors - this one looks fantastic.

    1. I was so glad I'd found it! Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by :)