Eleanor: A Novel by Jason Gurley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Young adult, new adult or just adult? I kept going back and forth over that... The magical realism took me by surprise, and I'm still not sure how well it worked but the story itself is strong. It's no stretch to imagine a family falling apart when one twin dies, or the struggle the survivor has (read Dandicat's Untwine for another take), and Eleanor's family and life aren't strong enough to be different. How that all plays out, how three generations of women (Eleanor the grandmother, Agnes the mother and Eleanor the daughter) grow up essentially motherless, and how Mea fits into all of that will definitely surprise readers. It could be a traditional family saga, but then the magical realism kicks in and kicks that genre up a notch.
ARC provided by publisher.