Thursday, March 2, 2017

Meeting Rozzy Halfway

Meeting Rozzy Halfway by Caroline Leavitt   294 pages

I first learned about author Caroline Leavitt from an article in the January/February 2017 issue of Bookmarks magazine. Her novels sounded like books I would enjoy so I decided to give her a try.

This is her first novel, published in 1980. It deals with two sisters, Rozzy and Bess, who are as different as night and day. Rozzy is a dark beauty and the oldest by four years. Bess is fair. Despite their age difference, they are close and need each other as if they were identical twins.

By the time Rozzy is ten years old, she hears voices, has vivid fantasies moments of disorientation. She is diagnosed as psychotic, and that diagnosis dooms their family.

A compelling read, this is the struggle of sisters, trying to desperately trying to hang onto each other until a shattering conclusion takes readers on a gasping ride to the finish.

The story did start to drag near the end. It seemed like the same scene was replayed over and over, using different words. That’s why Meeting Rozzy Halfway receives 4 out of 5 stars in Julie’s world.

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