Historical fiction

The Far Away Girl by Sharon Maas

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Before I left home for further studies, I had a woefully inadequate understanding of history, geography or anything to do with the outside world. This was despite my father’s never-ending efforts to try to get me to make an effort. With every passing year and every book written by a person from a place I know very little about, I am learning.
I first registered the country of Guyana when I was in NYC. Their names seemed Indian but spelt differently, which made me curious. This book gave me a lot of information and painted the country and its diverse and rich history vividly.
This is an actual saga. There is a dual narrative perspective of our lead protagonist, Rita’s father and his past. This part could have been put into the first half together without affecting the story’s overall flow. There is also a ‘mystery’ aspect with the backstory of Rita’s life until she came to live in the house she grew up in that did not need the secretive treatment.
It is a very personal reaction; I liked reading about all the different cultures, the various prejudices that endure even after several generations have grown up together with literally no differing habits, but I had an issue investing in Rita herself. The back and forth with the father’s life and the holding back of information did not help me. I usually appreciate such revelations that are only made towards the end, but I wanted it to be a straightforward story this time. I wanted to be immersed in Rita’s life, sympathize and empathize with her and cheer her on to find direction in life. I did not want the constant speculation of why and what her father was hiding from her. I read this in very few sittings since the author’s writing flowed as she described Rita growing up from an odd child to a very independent woman.
I would recommend this to others who want to read about the country and those who like good historical fiction.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

2 thoughts on “The Far Away Girl by Sharon Maas”

  1. Gosh, I read a few of her books back in the day but didn’t realise she was still going! This doesn’t sound amazing, though. I like to read more straightforward narratives about other people’s different lives, I think.

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