Thursday, November 01, 2007


My review of Souvenir by Therese Fowler appeared in the Nov. 1 issue of Library Journal. The review appears below, reprinted with permission.

Fowler, Therese. Souvenir. Ballantine. Mar. 2008. c.384p. ISBN 978-0-345-49968-4. $21.95. F

Fowler's debut is the heartbreaking story of a woman who made what she thought was a responsible decision, only to have to live with the consequences. Meg Powell had always loved Carson McKay, and the families thought they'd end up together. But when Brian Hamilton offered to forgive the mortgage Meg's irresponsible father couldn't pay, Meg agreed to marry him. Seventeen years later, Meg's a successful obstetrician in a loveless marriage. Her daughter, Savannah, almost 16, thinks she's found love on the Internet and acts recklessly. Carson is a successful musician, on the verge of marriage to a younger woman, although he's never forgotten Meg. When Meg discovers she has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), she knows she has only one chance to make peace with the past and give her daughter hope for the future. The choices made by Meg and Savannah may be controversial with some readers, but, nevertheless, this outstanding debut is recommended for all public libraries.—Lesa M. Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ

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Therese said...


Many, many thanks for the lovely review! I can't tell you how affirming this is for a newbie like me.

You've really made my day (week, month, year...). :)

Lesa said...

Hi Therese!

You're welcome. And, you'll be very pleased, if you don't know it yet, to know it's a starred review. LJ chooses which ones to star, and that does make a difference to librarians.

And, someone who read it commented on LibraryThing. I won't quote all of her comments, so it won't be a spoiler for someone who wants to read it, but part of it says, "Loved It, I Cried When...
One Word = Brilliant!!!!"

I cried at the same point she did.

Good luck with Souvenir, Therese.

Therese said...

Starred--that's wonderful!

Thanks for sharing the LibraryThing bit. I gather that's from a UK reader (the book debuted there in July).

All signs (I hope) of good things to come when the book's released here next spring. Nothing's better than satisfied readers.

Take care,

Lesa said...


I hope it is good things to come for you and Souvenir. Good luck!