Mothers and Other Strangers by Gina Sorell

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Those first 26 words are intriguing words indeed, but they’re making a promise that isn’t realized in proceeding pages.
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"My father proposed to my mother at gunpoint when she was nineteen, and knowing that she was already pregnant with a dead man’s child, she accepted."

Thus begins this riveting story of a woman's quest to understand her recently deceased mother, a glamorous, cruel narcissist who left her only child, Elsie, an inheritance of debts and mysteries. While coping with threats that she suspects are coming from the cult-like spiritual program her mother belonged to, Elsie works to unravel the message her dying mother left for her, a quest that ultimately takes her to the South African family homestead she never knew existed.

Gina Sorell is a writer, actor, and creative director who was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her family. After two decades as a working actor, including ten years in L.A., she returned to her first love, writing, graduating with distinction from the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Gina pairs her novel writing with her work as the creative director of Eat My Words, a San Francisco–based branding firm. This is her first novel.
 

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Gina Sorell is a writer, actor, and creative director, born in South Africa and currently residing in Toronto with her husband and son. After two decades as a working actor of stage and screen, Gina decided to return to her first love, writing, and graduated with distinction from UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Gina pairs her many hours of novel writing with her work as a Creative Director of Eat My Words, a San Francisco–based branding firm. Mothers and Other Strangers is her first novel.
 
Published April 10, 2017 by Prospect Park Books. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Terra Arnone on May 12 2017

Those first 26 words are intriguing words indeed, but they’re making a promise that isn’t realized in proceeding pages.

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Mitchell on May 12 2017

The jacked-up pacing in the last quarter of the novel does feels a bit of a cheat — given what’s gone before it — but only slightly diminishes the place of hope it lands on.

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