If you want a Harlequin with a perfect, sewed-up story, please go elsewhere. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a novel which compels you to think at the end of each chapter or intense scene, this is perfect! I loved this story as it was about life and how rather than diminish, it intensifies as life progresses. This is a book where you want to call and talk to someone about things as the story develops. For those who are looking for a reading novel in a group, this is an excellent choice. Ms. Pinder even included a series of questions in the back to assist literary groups in reflecting over each chapter.
I will say for many people, this novel illustrates for them what living or nonliving could look like as time goes by. And Ms. Pinder did a darn good job doing so! The characters flesh out and deepen, so the reader can gain compassion and understanding into how each character made/makes the choices he/she did in their life. For some, it is similar to forensic psychology. This story is eerily close to displaying how children cope with their aging parent(s) regarding health, safety issues, death, and even issues of lodging. Leslie did a wonderful job in illuminating the imperfections of life and how they can lead to fulfillment. So, enjoy this wonderful novel as I did!
Bring Me One of Everything is a novel which weaves real-life facts and fiction into an eloquent tale of suspense and intrigue. The title of the book is based on what the management of the Smithsonian is said to have demanded when sending ethnographers to native villages to gather artifacts for its collection: "Bring me one of everything." The novel is several layered stories centered around a troubled writer, Alicia Purcell, who has been commissioned to create the libretto for an opera about an anthropologist named Austin Hart. He earned fame in the 1950s for cutting down and bringing back to museums the largest remaining stand of totem poles in the world. They belonged to the Haida tribes who inhabit the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia. Hart's subsequent suicide creates the mystery Alicia attempts to solve as she consults present-day tribe members, Hart's friends and family, and his personal journals. Added to the complications of her search are Alicia's imperious though ailing mother, a cast-off lover, a narcissistic composer, and her own demons of disaffection. But an overarching question dogs her and the reader: why she is so obsessed with Austin Hart and this quest?