I usually don’t have time to read a lot of novels. I will typically pick one up, start it, and then there it sits on the floor by my bed….unfinished. When I read the description of A Small Indiscretion, I had an idea that it would be a story that I would like. This is Jan Ellison’s debut novel about Annie Black’s search for understanding and forgiveness. The story begins with her young life in London and moves to the present time where she is married with a family. The story moves back and forth like this exploring these relationships of her youth and how they come to affect her life and family in the present.
A Small Indiscretion Review
The story centers around Annie’s different love relationships – the ones she formed in her youth and how they have come to affect her current relationships with her son and her husband. The author transitions the reader from past to present very smoothly. This really held my interest and I found myself looking forward to picking it up in the evenings to find out what would happen next. There are surprises at the end of the book that I did not foresee. Now that I think about it, the author adds clever foreshadowing that I should have picked up on. I am happy to report that I finished this novel rather quickly. A Small Indiscretion is well written. It is a fast-paced read that I recommend picking up and sticking with!
About A Small Indiscretion
A Small Indiscretion fixes an unflinching eye on the power of desire and the danger of obsession as it unfolds the story of one woman’s reckoning with a youthful mistake.
At nineteen, Annie Black trades a bleak future in her washed-out hometown for a London winter of drinking to oblivion and yearning for deliverance. Some two decades later, she is married to a good man and settled in San Francisco, with a son and two daughters and a successful career designing artistic interior lights. One June morning, a photograph arrives in her mailbox, igniting an old longing and setting off a chain of events that rock the foundations of her marriage and threaten to overturn her family’s hard-won happiness.
The novel moves back and forth across time between San Francisco in the present and that distant winter in Europe. The two worlds converge and explode when the adult Annie returns to London seeking answers, her indiscretions come to light, and the phone rings with shocking news about her son. Now Annie must fight to save her family by piecing together the mystery of her past — the fateful collision of liberation and abandon and sexual desire that drew an invisible map of her future.
A Small Indiscretion is a riveting debut novel about a woman’s search for understanding and forgiveness, a taut exploration of a modern marriage, and of love — the kind that destroys, and the kind that redeems.
About the Author
Jan Ellison is a graduate of Stanford University and San Francisco State University’s MFA Program. She has published award-winning short fiction, and was the recipient of a 2007 O. Henry Prize for her first story to appear in print. Her work has also been shortlisted for The Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Northern California with her husband and their four children. A Small Indiscretion is her first book.
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I received a copy of this novel for review. Opinions expressed are my own.
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