Velma True lives on the outskirts of Echo, Florida. She’s all alone since her husband, Joe, died last year. She has a son, but he’s not around much. And her best friend is losing her mind to Alzheimer’s. But then a mysterious man shows up on her porch and gives her a rock.
Saints in Limbo is a celebration of a marriage. It’s at once a quiet novel and a wonder-inducing novel. This is definitely Southern, as well. It’s about hopes and dreams, regrets and fears.
As I was reading, I kept trying out different words and phrases to describe this book; I kept coming up empty. Everything I tried seemed to be not quite right. My best efforts were words like Wonder. Awe. Mystery (but not in the genre definition of the word). And then I tried to juxtapose that with slice-of-life, down-to-earth, realism. And then I read Biblio Brat’s post detailing genres she’s using to categorize her books. And, wonder of wonders, this combination apparently has a name: Magical Realism. Now, I personally like the definition much more than I like the label. But for those of you familiar with this genre, I hope this is helpful. Quoting J.C.:
Magical Realism: I found this definition applied to an art movement, but it fits so well for this: “characterized by depictions of everyday reality, but with the element of fantasy or wonder greatly accentuated”. Authors who write in this genre are Isabel Allende, Gabriel García Márquez, Cristina García, Franz Kafka, Nikolai Gogol — just to name a few.
Jordan has a compelling voice. The writing is lyrical (And yes, that’s blurbed on the cover, but it’s true.). In the Christian fiction world, this book the closest to literature I’ve read in a long time — maybe ever.
I definitely want to read the rest of Jordan’s fiction.
Lisa at 5 Minutes for Books
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