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Monday, August 10, 2015

My Review for the deeply philosophical and unique tale Beyond the Pale by C. Michelle McCarty


5.0 out of 5 stars A deeply philosophical tale with a unique plot and intriguing, dysfunctional charactersAugust 10, 2015
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This review is from: Beyond the Pale (Kindle Edition)
Beyond the Pale takes place over thirty days during late 2000, flitting between fictitious towns, Brenhaven, Georgia and Artesia, Maryland.
Thoroughly developed characters populate this story of unresolved family discord between mother and daughter. The lead character, Abbie, gets pregnant at the age of seventeen and is given money by her mother, Phoebe, to leave town. Abbie dashes off without hesitation since hatred between the two women began decades earlier upon the death of Abbie’s father.
Ms. McCarty describes many intriguing characters that live in Abbie's trailer park and have become her “adopted” family. One of them is an alleged hooker, whose hairstyle is described by the author as, “Robyn’s ratted up hair reminded me of a bundle of cotton candy someone had dropped on the ground, picked up, dusted off some of the debris, and swirled back onto the cone.”
Albeit tragedy is involved, witty dialogue with hints of romance on the horizon for the lead character, Abbie, keeps the story flowing until a dramatic, surprising, and heartwarming ending.