Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Facades

Loneliness. Eric Lundgren’s debut novel, The Facades, left me scratching my head, and almost tempted to read it a second time. Protagonist Sven Norberg is a legal clerk whose wife, Molly, has disappeared. They live in a city called Trude, a place that is a shadow of its former grandeur. We learn about Trude as we follow Sven around town in her search for Molly, who is the star mezzo-soprano of the Trude opera. Lundgren’s descriptions of Trude are finely drawn and close to dystopian. I felt for Sven’s loneliness and alienation as he tries to find Molly, and watches as his son, Kyle, moves out of the family home to live with the family of the minister of a fundamentalist church. There’s fine writing in this novel that will appeal most to those readers who enjoy literary fiction and are interested in reading debut novels. Rating: Three-star (It’s ok) Click here to purchase The Facades from amazon.com.

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