Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Book review: "Galerie" by Steve Greenberg (HFVBT)

*Come back tomorrow for an interview with the author!*

This book covers many countries, many time periods but with a core group of characters. We follow Vanessa Newman from a young visiting camper in Wisconsin to a woman in Israel with a mysterious and fractured family. Her mother dies when she is young, so she is surrounded by the men in her family, her father and her Uncle Tomas. But they have conflicts and when one dies the other seems strangely relieved. Kinda weird, right? Vanessa begins to dig in her past, seeking answers and what she gets is a lot more questions, and danger!

In general I don't think the circumstances of Vanessa's family disconnectedness is unusual. When people see horrible things or are forced to participate in horrible things - things like drinking, drugs, isolation and guilt can be constant companions. And sometimes no matter how much time has passed they might never be ready to talk about their experiences.

One of the things that I thought was most thought provoking about this book was the argument between Vanessa and her husband (our narrator) about the difference between collaboration and survival during war time. (But that will come up in the interview tomorrow, so I will just let that sit.)

I also obviously love the fact that the book is set in Prague. Although not very many things that happen there are nice!

This book has something for nearly everyone: interesting locations, mysterious symbols, people stalked through the old cobbled streets of Prague, a pretty high creepy factor and murder most foul!

About the Author

Steven Greenberg is a professional writer, as well as a full-time cook, cleaner, chauffeur, and work-at-home Dad for three amazing young children, and the lucky husband of a loving and very supportive wife. Born in Texas and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Steven emigrated to Israel only months before the first Gulf War, following graduation from Indiana University in 1990. In 1996, he was drafted into the Israel Defense Forces, where he served for 12 years as a Reserves Combat Medic. Since 2002, Steven has worked as an independent marketing writer, copywriter and consultant.
You can find more information at Steven Greenberg’s website. You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, April 5
Review at Library Educated

Wednesday, April 6
Review & Giveaway at Man of la Book
Interview at Library Educated

Thursday, April 7
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court

Friday, April 8
Review & Giveaway at Singing Librarian Books

Monday, April 11
Guest Post & Giveaway at Teddy Rose Book Reviews

Tuesday, April 12
Review at Eclectic Ramblings of Author Heather Osborne

Wednesday, April 13
Review at Flashlight Commentary

Thursday, April 14
Review at Bookramblings
Interview at Flashlight Commentary

Friday, April 15
Review at Book Nerd

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