Voice. I can’t get the voice of Lucia Stanton out of my head. This teenage protagonist in Jesse Ball’s novel, How to Set a Fire and Why, is smart, angry, trying hard to find her place in the world, and weighed down by personal loss. Ball’s prose develops this intelligent and complex character with care and precision through journal entries. There’s a place for each of us to fit into the world, and Lucia dreams of finding her place. Fans of literary fiction are those most likely to enjoy this novel.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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