Book tour to end the week!
Thanks to the author and TLC Book Tours for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review
IN SEARCH OF THE MAGIC THEATER – Karla Huebner (Released June 1st, 2022)
Why, the rather staid young cellist Sarah wonders, should her aunt rent their spare room to the perhaps unstable Kari Zilke? Like the nephew in Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf, Sarah finds herself taking an unexpected interest in the lodger, but she is unable to stop at providing a mere introduction to Kari’s narrative of mid-life crisis and self-discovery, and develops her own more troubled tale of personal angst and growth, entwined with the account Kari herself purportedly left behind. Generational tensions, artistic collaborations, and even a romance steeped in Greek myth follow as Kari and Sarah pursue their very different creative paths in theater and music. And while Kari seems to blossom post-divorce, Sarah must grapple with the question of what the role of mothers, fathers, aunts, mentors, and male collaborators should be in her life as a young musician.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars
I wasn’t sure what to expect when picking up this book (I almost always forget the synopsis or don’t usually read it prior to starting a book) but I absolutely loved the journey the author took us on. IN SEARCH OF THE MAGIC THEATER follows the lives of two women, both in very different places in life, and we get to see their journeys unfold as they try to navigate their new lives.
The distinct voices between our two main characters was incredible. You knew exactly who was speaking and both women brought their unique personalities and voices to the story. The Greek mythology elements made me happy and the inclusion of the arts brings the story to life. The author’s expertise shines through and I loved the writing style. The story had a nice flow to it and I think this was a solid debut for Huebner – if you love the arts and diving into the complexities of relationships and self-discovery, then add this to your TBR.