Eleanor; Jason Gurley
Crown - 2016
Eleanor and Esmerelda Witt were identical twins with a unique closeness. The sisters even shared a special language that was theirs alone. One day a tragic accident claims the life of 6 year old Esme which tears the family apart and forever alters Eleanor's life. Eleanor is left with a unique ability to escape to strange alternate realities.
Eleanor is such a tragic story. The characters are so hollow with grief that they seem unaware of the pain they were inflicting on others who were suffering over the same loss. It was hard to read about Eleanor and all the emotional pain she had to endure after the loss of her twin and while caring for her alcoholic mother who was so abusive.
This is a terrific story. The writing is wonderful, the characters, even the minor ones, were so beautifully drawn --warts and all. As I read it was easy to see why the characters did some of the things they did. Even though I'm not a fantasy fan, I enjoyed traveling into Eleanor's alternate reality proving that sometimes reading outside of our comfort zones is a good thing. This is a book that left a lasting impression. Readers who enjoy stories about family dysfunction and mother/daughter struggles should enjoy this beautifully crafted story.