Review, ‘Liliane’s Balcony’, by Kelcey Parker

Liliane's BalconyLiliane’s Balcony by Kelcey Parker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Liliane’s Balcony Kelcey Parker continues in rich stride of her debut collection, For Sale by Owner, with a novella that is pristinely imagined and delicately constructed. This book manages the admirable ambition of balancing a mixture of history and liberties taken with it, taking an already compelling, emotionally complex story of domestic strife as one layered story among others. The cumulative effect feels enjoyably effortless, blending gestures both natural and meticulously constructed that intuit a thundering echo of the architecture of Fallingwater itself. Parker went to great lengths to research the details and moods present throughout, though I personally enjoyed more the array of present-day characters that Parker convincingly offers. Liliane’s Balcony is haunted by stories and strange gravities well worth falling into.

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