Christy Award-winning author Lisa Samson is famous for her offbeat characters and willingness to push the boundaries of Christian fiction.
©2004 Lisa Samson; (P)2006 Recorded Books
"This is a breakthrough novel for the award-winning Samson, whose exuberant prose, zany characters and willingness to tinker with some cherished boundaries of Christian fiction make this story memorable." (Publishers Weekly)
I loved this book! I didn't know much about it. I'd purchased it because I like the author, and it had been in my library for a while. But I had to make a long drive and chose it to drive by. I was quickly completely absorbed. It was a little confusing the first time she switched character POV, but that's somewhat expected when listening to a book. There are just certain things that don't translate well from the visual of reading a book to the listening of a book. But the slight confusion didn't last long as I realized the story is being told by two characters. By the way, the narrator was phenomenal! I love both the author and the narrator!
From the publisher's description, "Tiger Lillie" sounds like a promising romantic comedy, but it is not. Rather, it is a disjointed narrative account of one rather light-hearted sister and her zany companions contrasted against the narrative of the younger sister caught in an abusive relationship.
The author contrasts the girls' father, a humble Episcopalian priest, against the younger sister's husband who is caught in a cultish church that stresses the right of the husband to rule the household.
The plot is tangled and hard for the reader to discern easily and leaves one wondering what happened as the author brings the story to an abrupt end.
I read this book several years ago, and for the most part enjoyed it. I am working my way through Samson's audio backlist, and while this is not her best work (Songbird is quite possibly my favorite) it is quirky and fun enough that I would likely reread it.
I like Lily and Christoph, for sure. I found Gordon too good to be true, and Rollins too evil to be believable, but the humor in this book carries it through
No! This is probably her weakest point as a narrator - her character differentiation. Beyond that, she embodies Lillie nicely. I wish another narrator had been chosen for Tacey's parts, because it was quite jarring to switch POV.
Christoph. To have a celibate gay character at home with himself and his relationship with Jesus was refreshing and beautiful.
I would give this book 3.5 stars, partially due to the narration, partially due to some of the over-the-topness of it all... but Samson is a gifted writer, keen to push boundaries in all the right ways and all the right places.
I could NOT get into this story. I started it over probably 10 times. The narrators voice is kinda annoying. Never finished.
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