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5.0 out of 5 starsI heartily recommend this book
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2017
What Edward Heard is an exciting collection of stories about individuals whose lives are intertwined across time and place. When I read this book, I felt as if I was standing in the trenches of World War I, sailing into London’s harbor and the new world, and delving into other life-altering events within the characters’ lives. As you read this book, be ready to travel across time and location as you live through the events of ordinary people who experience something quite extraordinary. I heartily recommend this book!
What Edward Heard is a young adult novel with touches of magical realism that tells the story of Edward Jamison, a World War I veteran, whose life is touched and healed by a mysterious painting. Painted hundreds of years before, the portrait has passed through many lives, pieces of which the reader is allowed to share. In each life, the portrait directs, distracts, but ultimately whispers the truth that each, including Edward, needs to hear.
The historical details of the novel are excellent and ground the reader in the various settings. The experimentation with form is creative and clever without being a distraction from the story of the novel.