Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bookanistas: DISPLACEMENT by Thalia Chaltas

Quickly, for those who are curious, the hand-down winner for BEST BALLET MOVIE, with 43% of the vote, is...


Plot without spoilers…Devastated by a family tragedy of which she can barely speak, Vera runs away to Garrett, a tiny desert town where her secrets are her own. There, her evolving friendships with handsome Lon and soft-spoken Milo lead Vera to the realization that she needs to confront her own grief or she will forever feel displaced.

Of literary interest…. One of my favorite elements of the novel is the way the use of postcards as metaphor, as functional objects, and in the description of the illustrations that grace their fronts. A series of unsent postcards Vera writes to her sister, Carole, creates an evocative thread through the story.

Finally, just gotta say…This story immerses you in its arid, dusty landscape. Like heat waves rising off pavement, the novel has a slow, shimmering cadence all its own which results in a fascinating study of a young girl trying to run from grief—until she realizes she needs to run to something instead.

For more Bookanista fun, visit us at The Reading Room or click along via the links below:

Elana Johnson visits Dark and Hollow Places
LiLa Roecker gets silly over Spoiled
Christine Fonseca has a passion for Possession – with giveaway
Shannon Messenger marvels at Moonglass – with giveaway
Jamie Harrington adores Invincible Summer
Shelli Johannes-Wells is in the grip of Possession
Scott Tracey bathes in Blood MagicCarolina Valdez Miller interviews Invincible Summer author Hannah Moskowitz
Jessi Kirby praises Playing Hurt
Bethany Wiggins delves into DivergentShana Silver presents a Guestanista gushing over Between Here and Forever

Carrie Harris sings out about Shift
Rosemary Clement-Moore applauds AbandonSarah Frances Hardy enjoys Me Jane
Matt Blackstone loves Like MandarinCorrine Jackson delights in The Duff


Carrie Harris said...

I haven't heard of this yet, thanks!

Last night, my daughters and I watched the final dance from Center Stage. I'm converting them early. :)

Stasia said...

Good to hear your raising your kids right, Carrie! :)

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

Oh man, it sounds just gorgeous, Stasia! Excellent review (as usual!)

Also, I've never seen Center Stage! Looks like I need to!

Becca Puglisi said...

I'm adding this to my to-be-read list. Thanks for the heads-up!

Becca @ The Bookshelf Muse