eARC The House at the Edge of Night: A Novel by Catherine Banner Review

Friday, April 1st 2016

Hey everyone I have an amazing book that I think you might want to look out for.
I saw this novel on Netgallery and thought it would be an interesting reading considering the fact that it is a historical fiction novel with such comparisons to Isabel Allende. You might not know this but I am actually a fan of  Isabel Allende older novels. Imagine how exciting I was to see The House at the Edge of The Night being compared to , with such great comparison I had to read it for myself. I am so glad that I did because this novel is a journey that you will never experiences through the pages of another book.

The House at the Edge of The Night is a wonderful enchanting story that takes almost 95 years in it’s journey, spanning through family events with great story telling and literary techniques. The cast of characters are extremely delightful as well as memorable as each character holds a description within the collection of tales  that are told. I was delightfully surprise to find that  The House at the Edge of The Night also has references from Italo Calvaino’s collection of Italian folktales which gives you a feeling of the authors valuable respect of the tradition of storytelling. What is a book if not a way for an author to tell us a great story?

The stories are told within the four generatinos of the Esposito family along with the supporting side stories of close neighbors and friends that also live on the remote island of Castellmare, which is on the cost of Sicily. Honestly it was hard for me to read this novel without thinking about Sofia from The Golden Girls telling the story in her traditional, “Picture it”  way to telling a story.

I’m so happy to have had the chances to read this novel. The House at the Edge of The Night is my first time reading Catherine Banners style of writing and I am so glad to be introduced to her literature through The House at the Edge of The Night. I really loved this novel and I hope you keep an eye out for it when it hits the shelves on
July 12th 2016 by Random House

Happy Reading
~Lia

 

About Catherine Banner

Catherine Banner was born and grew up in Cambridge, United Kingdom. At age fourteen, she began writing The Eyes of a King, which was published in 2008. Voices in the Dark, her second book, was published in 2009. Her third book, The Heart at War, will be published in 2014 and she is currently working on her fourth novel.

As well as writing, she studied English and Secondary Education at Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge. She now lives in the North-East of England, where she divides her time between writing and teaching at a secondary school in Stockton-on-Tees.

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