Monday, April 7, 2014

Visitation Street

Neighborhood. I was entertained by Ivy Pochoda’s novel, Visitation Street. In some respects the most completely developed character in the novel is the setting, the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. Pochoda develops a reader’s understanding of Red Hook through descriptive language and through the wide cast of characters she presents as they pursue their hopes and dreams in this neighborhood. Using the mystery genre as the backdrop for displaying Red Hook in all its complexity, Pochoda led readers through various dead ends in trying to figure things out. Beyond a mystery, I read this novel as a story of redemption, and on that level, I was more satisfied. Readers willing to explore what a well written debut novel has to offer should take a look at this one. Rating: Three-star (It’s ok) Click here to purchase Visitation Street from

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