FLING! REVIEW (many more on Amazon!)
Here is the first review I’ve had of the audio version of Fling! narrated by Anna Crowe:
By Shanna Tidwell on September 11, 2016
I was constantly telling people about this book while I was listening to it. I adored it! I haven’t read Water for Chocolate since the early 90’s but this book reminded me of it in many ways. It’s magical & fantastical!
Heather, Bubbles & Feather are 3 distinct characters who can also blend as one. The story telling of these characters was some of the best parts. The past & present blended well. You could visualize the time periods. I simply loved this book!
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.
A wildly comic romp on mothers, daughters, art, travel and death, the book should appeal to a broad range of readers. While the main characters are middle-aged and older, their zest for life would draw readers of all ages, male or female, attracting the youthful adventurer in most people. Though women may identify more readily with Feather and Bubbles’ daughter and mother struggles, the heart of the book is how they approach their aging selves and are open to new experiences. Since art and imagination are key to this narrative, artists of all ages would find something to enjoy. And because the book crosses many borders (Scotland, Canada, the U.S., and Mexico), it also can’t be limited to a specific age group, social class, gender, or region.
Youtube videos of Christina Lake, B.C., book launch on 8/8/15:
My first fan letter for Fling! came from an 80 year-old woman who lives in the tiny village of Christina Lake, B.C. My son, who also lives there, had given her my manuscript to read. She said, “I just wanted to express to you how very much I enjoyed your writing. I started it and didn’t stop till I had read it all. I very much like your style and your subtle humor. Thank you for a most enjoyable read. I can’t understand why it hasn’t been scooped up by some publisher. But I know that it will be. Have patience my dear….it will be published to wide acclaim I am so sure.” —Joan Fornelli.
Synopsis of Fling!:
Feather, an aging hippie, returns to her Calgary home to help her mother, Bubbles, celebrate her 90th birthday. Bubbles has received mail from the dead letter office in Mexico City, asking her to pick up her mother’s ashes, left there seventy years earlier and only now surfacing. Bubbles’ mother, Scottish by birth, had died in Mexico in the late 1920s after taking off with a married man and abandoning her husband and kids.
A woman with a mission, and still vigorous, Bubbles convinces a reluctant Feather to take her to Mexico so she can recover the ashes and give her mother a proper burial. Both women have recently shed husbands and have a secondary agenda: they’d like a little action. And they get it.
Alternating narratives weave together Feather and Bubbles’ odyssey with their colorful Scottish ancestors, creating a family tapestry. The “now” thread presents the two women as they travel south from Canada to San Francisco and then Mexico, covering a span of about six months. “Now” and “then” merge in Mexico when Bubbles’ long-dead mother, grandmother, and grandfather turn up, enlivening the narrative with their antics.
In Mexico, the land where reality and magic co-exist, Feather gets a new sense of her mother. The Indian villagers mistake Bubbles for a well-known rain goddess, praying for her to bring rain so their land will thrive again. Feather, who’s been seeking “The Goddess” for years, eventually realizes what she’s overlooked.
Meanwhile, Bubbles’ quest for her mother’s ashes (and a new man) has increased her zest for life. A shrewd business woman (she’s raised chickens, sold her crafts, taken in bizarre boarders, and has a sure-fire system for winning at bingo and lotteries), she’s certain she’s found the fountain of youth at a mineral springs outside San Miguel de Allende; she’s determined to bottle the water and sell it.
But gambling is her first love, and unlike most women her age, fun-loving Bubbles takes risks, believing she’s immortal. Unlike her daughter, Bubbles doesn’t hold back in any way, eating heartily, lusting after strangers, her youthful spirit and innocence convincing readers that they’ve found the fountain of youth themselves in this character. At ninety, she comes into her own, coming to age, proving it’s never too late to fulfill one’s dreams.
FLING! REVIEW (many more on Amazon!)
Firstly, I have to say that I am extremely glad to have won a copy of this book from Goodreads and by an even happier chance, the author, shares my grandmother’s middle name! You do not meet very many ‘Iona’s’ in the world and I have to say I believe my grandmother would be proud to know that such an amazing writer shared her name.
MacKenzie had me in tears from laughter while reading this novel, the bonding between Feather and her mother Bubbles was wonderful, I loved her writing so much I hope I can find more books by her in in the very near future. This amazing book starts out with Feather going to visit her mother and after much deliberation, decides to take her mother Bubbles, on what could very well be her last trip abroad. They take off to Mexico in search of Bubble’s mother’s ashes which had been recovered after many years. Through the telling of Feather and Bubble’s story, you find out so much about their life and the extended family; and what a tale they have to tell!
My favorite part is the extremely exciting and magical return of family members that have been gone for many years and how MacKenzie was so apt at weaving it all together. I fell in love with the entire family and found myself wishing I could have shared in all their many journey’s through the years. This book has a lot of mystical, magical, and spiritual quality that I feel many readers will truly enjoy. I have also, never read a story about Mexico that made the place sound so romantic! The descriptions used by MacKenzie really come alive off the page and make you want to visit in the hopes that you may be lucky enough to be deemed the great Eineeuq!
I would definitely recommend this book especially for women that love a good contemporary fiction that leaves you with great feelings and a sense of magic no matter your age!
I give “Fling!” a firm 5 Ravens
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