A promising book full of fine ingredients but that fails to deliver. The story of dealing with injury and the struggle for a comeback is great dramatic material but is undeveloped and unexplored. The injury happened, but without any sort of special note. The fact that her friends have moved on and that Maisie is having trouble dealing is noted, but not used in the story in any particular way. And while she mopes a little when it seems her career is over, the author simply skips over her counseling. She simply doesn't find the story worth telling.
Moreover, Maisie seems largely secondary to the story. There are long digressions about the mother's life story and various elements of recent Native American history. All of which is actually fascinating, but is never tied in to the story. It's as of the author really wanted to write a story about the mother or a non-fiction book about the Makah tribe in the Olympic Peninsula, which makes you wonder why she chose this half-hearted attempt at a story about recovery.
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