Thursday, June 5, 2014

Where Aspens Quake by Tory Cates

This book is reprint, the original was published in 1984 and I have to say that maybe this story worked then, but now, you just think how much of masochist can a girl be.

The story focuses on Kristen and Gray.

Kristen is film photography artist [which tangent here is a great medium, the complexity and depth that film can capture is incredible; especially black and white, it acquires a trans-dimensional quality, at least in my opinion] who flees from Albuquerque after her one woman show is massacred by a critic. Kristen flees to High Country to apply for a position as a cross country skiing instructor.

Gray is the owner of High Country and a single father to a girl with down syndrome. Because he had a bad experience with his ex-wife, he no longer does real relationships.

Gray spends the entire book basically teasing Kristen and having romantic encounters with her before pushing her away. Kristen spends the entire book pining for his attention and going back to him no matter how hurtful he is to her.

The ending really wasn't that enjoyable, Kristen is getting ready to finally leave and all Gray has to do is say "I'm sorry, I love" and they end up kissing, THE END. I think perhaps an Epilogue where Gray and Kristen are together might have slightly made for a better redemption for Gray.

Rating 2 out of 5

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