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New Literary Fiction Memoir Book Review
The novel “Minerva’s Fox,” by Kristina Baer, was reviewed in the Late Summer, 2015 edition of the “Mindquest Review of Books.” The book is a literary memoir written in exceptional prose.
Garden Design & Self Discovery
In this novel, a well-developed, nuanced story-line depicts twenty-three years in the life of Malorie Ellsworth, who enters graduate school determined to make a career in academia in her chosen field, French literature. Less than a year later, thwarted by a shocking betrayal, she moves to a village in Burgundy, France.
Malorie Ellsworth is brainy, motivated, and principled. While in France she doesn’t look back. She looks inward, seeking to understand who she really is. She discovers garden design, a vocation that engages her at the deepest level, leading toward professional and personal fulfillment while helping to bring balance to her heart and intellect.
Step-parenting & Lyme Disease Challenges
Sometimes seekers win. Sometimes seekers lose. Malorie learns that false starts and setbacks are the growing pains of self-fulfillment. Upon her return to the U.S. from France she starts her own business, while contending with the challenges of step-parenting and her husband’s battle with Lyme disease.
Coming-of-Age Success Novel
Baer has produced a well-developed literary memoir with a balance of dialogue, narrative, and description that powerfully illustrates the ties of family and the places and things that make us who we are. In beautifully descriptive prose she reveals the processes involved in constructing and living a meaningful, fulfilling life. “Minerva’s Fox” vividly places readers at the heart of each scene, at the center of the relationships that matter most to Malorie. In Malorie Ellsworth, Baer has created a sympathetic, complex protagonist, whose struggles and successes take place against a richly evoked bicultural backdrop.
Author Kristina Baer lives with her husband in California. She published “Leo Spitzer on Language and Literature,”
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