Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Book Review: 'My Wolf and Me' by India R. Adams

North Carolina author/singer/songwriter India R Adams has lived across the United States and endured abuse and has altered that scar to work toward educating her readers about domestic violence, sexual abuse, and human trafficking.

One of the several aspects that make India’s stories satisfying is her equal mixture of tragedy with humor – which balance playwrights strive to imitate from Shakespeare to the present. Another gift she brings to her readers is the poetic, songful phrasing of her writing. For an author to take on shapeshifting as a romantic means to relate a story takes courage and daring, by India manages to accomplish this unlikely transition because of the grace of her writing and character building. It is that sort of grace that she introduces in the language of her preface: ‘The flame’s shadows dance across my face as I watch our fallen burn in the fire we lit. Ashes of their remains float up into the cold winter wind, never to be seen again. My feet in the snow no longer feel cold, nor does the evening air. Memories of the love that withstood the test of time and that brought me here grace me as the flame’s shadows dance across my face.’

Very briefly, the provided synopsis offers the following outline: ‘Their love was innocent. Their friendship was pure. Their fear was real. Their danger was true. When little Marlena is left to care for an abandoned wolf pup, her parents see their irrevocable bond, and this humble family embarks on an adventure trying to care for the needs of a rapidly growing wolf, and the needs of their headstrong daughter. The comical complications of such a venture only darken when Marlena, now a high school student, witnesses her wolf shift… into a young man. Secrets and the pure hatred from a man out for revenge take Marlena, her family and her wolf on a heartbreaking journey of devastating loss, captivity, and ultimate sacrifices.’

All this India covers with music and makes the most incredulous love story seem plausible. It is a gift. Grady Harp, June 16

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