The Glitter Scene

The Glitter Scene Teenage Johanna lives with her aunt Solveig in a small house bordering the forest on the outskirts of a remote coastal town in Finland She leads a lonely existence that is punctuated by visits to her

  • Title: The Glitter Scene
  • Author: Monika Fagerholm
  • ISBN: 9781590513057
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • Teenage Johanna lives with her aunt Solveig in a small house bordering the forest on the outskirts of a remote coastal town in Finland She leads a lonely existence that is punctuated by visits to her privileged classmate, Ulla B ckstr m, who lives in the nearby luxury gated community It isn t until Ulla tells her the local lore about the American girl and the tragedy thaTeenage Johanna lives with her aunt Solveig in a small house bordering the forest on the outskirts of a remote coastal town in Finland She leads a lonely existence that is punctuated by visits to her privileged classmate, Ulla B ckstr m, who lives in the nearby luxury gated community It isn t until Ulla tells her the local lore about the American girl and the tragedy that took place than thirty years before that Johanna begins to question how her parents fit into the story She sets out to unravel her family history, the identity of her mother, and the dark secrets long buried with her father In the process of opening closed doors, others in the community reflect back on the town s history, on their youth, and on the dreams that play in their minds Soon a new story emerges, that stirs up Johanna s greatest fears, but ultimately leads to the answers she is searching for The Glitter Scene is a riveting mystery that explores the roles of truth and myth, reality and fiction, and the repercussions of family secrets The conclusion of The American Girl narrative will delight fans of the series Publishers Weekly Complex and interesting Booklist The Glitter Scene balances on the ice cold tones of David Lynch and the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice a remarkable story of guilt, revenge, and betrayal A beautiful novel where the distance between blissful fantasy and grim reality is never very far Sm lands Posten With the same inimitable style as in the previous novel, Monika Fagerholm opens up a dizzying world full of secrets It is intense and compelling V stra Nyland

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    1. I tried very hard to read this book but after 256 pages, I still don't have the slightest idea what's going on. The story's timeline jumps around, the narrator changes, and the different stories don't match up. One character relays a story in which she murders another character. Later, we learn that she may not have killed this character and that said character suddenly went away on vacation, thus explaining her disappearance. BUT, you never learn which version is accurate, at least not by page [...]

    2. When I received this book, courtesy of the publisher, I was a little puzzled as it was described as a murder mystery but the cover was unlike any other murder mystery book I'd seen. At this point I have to admit that I am a bit of a font and book nerd and the cover of this volume is absolutely beautiful – not just beautiful to look at, it is tactile as well (one point scored for the supporters of the “kindle-will-never-replace-that”). But I digress.I started reading and I kept thinking I w [...]

    3. I am grateful to have won this and its first part as a Giveaway. I am equally grateful to be finished with them. Left with many questions at the end of The American Girl, I was looking for clarification here. Instead, things were muddied even more. The stream of consciousness style and annoying repetition saw to that! I have NO IDEA what really happened plot-wise. I did like the way the characters lives intersected at all kinds of different points, but I didn't really like anybody! It was quite [...]

    4. I won this novel in a giveaway. The premise sounded compelling, and at times the book was, but mostly it failed to live up to it's promise. The timelines were difficult to follow as were some of the narrators. I liked the idea behind this novel, but not the execution. It felt like some books from the 90's that tried so hard to be artsy with the narrrative structure that they lost readers. I am glad I gave it a try and finished it, but it was not to my taste.

    5. Won this book to review, but I'm sorry, I just could not get into it. I'm one of those crazy people who like a book with a beginning, middle, and end. This book, however, makes me feel like I'm listening to a story told by someone suffering from attention deficit disorder who has run out of medication.

    6. I honestly could only read the first few pages. I found this style of writing very hard to read. It seemed so fragmented and confusing. I received this book along with American Girl thru a giveaway from . I probably won't even attempt to read American Girl b/c I assume it will be the same style of writing.

    7. The follow-up to The American Girl, Monica Fagerholm's The Glitter Scene, sparkles a bit brighter than it's older sibling. Which makes you wonder: As the entirety of the two lengthy novels deal with siblings and family relationships - could it be? Is Fagerholm trying to play the two novels against each other? If this is the case, then expect The American Girl to commit suicide shortly. No, not the actual American Girl, she's already dead. [And don't fret, that's no spoiler. Fagerholm has an inte [...]

    8. This book jumps from 1969, 1989, 2006, and back and forth as the characters tell their stories and their views on the death of an American girl in 1969 in a remote town in Finland. The girl dies from falling off a cliff, and it is assumed that her boyfriend pushed her and then hung himself. But is there more to this story? Various different characters, with varying degrees of connections to this event, tell their stories. As the book goes on, you uncover some answers that relate to this mystery, [...]

    9. The Glitter Scene is a novel, in the strictest sense of the term. It tells of Johanna, who lives with her aunt, and who questions her past, uncovering different mysterious elements of her family's history. However, with this book, the story is not the most distinctive characteristic--rather, it is the storytelling that drives the reader to finish the story and that remains with the reader long after the book is over. The prose is very artsy, for want of a better term, and the book itself is a re [...]

    10. Partly continues in the scenes and stories of The American Girl, yet changing the time and the characters. You could say there are multiple miniature stories going on in the book.I loved The American Girl and it was one of those books that stay within my thoughts a long time. Compared to that, The Glitter Scene was a bit disappointing experience. Not bad, but this book tried to play too much with the same scene, while losing the small things that were the most fascinating in TAG. To sum up, a bi [...]

    11. Fagerholmin kieli on lumoavaa. Toistoa on paljon mutta sepä ei olekaan rasittavaa vaan luo kirjan ihan omanlaisensa ilmapiirin, joka pistää lukijan pohtimaan, mikä on totta ja mikä on vain jonkun kuvitelmaa. Mysteeri ja draama kiertyy auki vähän kerrallaan, ja kirjailija onnistuu vielä loppuvaiheessakin yllättämään. Se, mikä ehkä jää kaihertamaan lukijan mieleen on kysymys, miten pienelle ruotsinkieliselle paikkakunnalle kertyykin iin paljon onnettomuutta. Ehkä trilogian päät [...]

    12. I might have given this a 2.5 if allowed because I thought the writing was good, but too disjointed overall. I could not make sense of the fragments as I was reading them. Pretty terrible people as characters and I did not feel hope it would get better. Depressing and a pretty dense read. I admit to skimming much of the second half. Nice to return this one to the library.

    13. "antly engaging mystery for all fans of gripping suspense novels" myfull review may be read on my book review blogRundpinne.

    14. En underbar bok, fantastiskt hur händelser ur den amerikanska flickan aterges ur andra perspektiv, hur hela historien, alla historier, berättas med sa manga vinklingar. Spraket är finlandssvenskt västnyländskt vackert.

    15. I liked this a lot ultimately, but regretted not having read it alongside THE AMERICAN GIRL, to which it is a sequel. I had forgotten a lot of the events of that book.

    16. Written in an overly fragmented style. Found it difficult to keep up with because of this. I give up on very few books, but this one was one of them. Do not recommend.

    17. a book that sounded good but with syntax too convoluted to understand. the narration skips around without any clear path. decided not to continue with it after only twenty pages.

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