Whenever Sarah Willis wants to, and sometimes when she doesn’t, she can see another version of herself in the mirror living a parallel life.
As she grows older, Sarah becomes dissatisfied with her life and envious of everything Other Sarah has which she doesn’t.
Risking her teaching career and her heart, Sarah seeks to make their parallel lives converge, only to discover everything she wants can be found outside of her own reflection.
Her Other Life is the literary fiction debut of contemporary romance author, Stacey Wallace. Fans of Liane Moriarty and Aimee Bender will enjoy this novel.
I’ll be honest here. I am usually a romance reader at heart. But when I heard Stacey Wallace was writing this book AND read the synopsis, I knew I had to have it. At the end of it, I didn’t need romance to be a focus at all. The thing about Ms. Wallace’s writing is that it is raw. She leaves her characters open. Vulnerable. With just the power of her words.
Sarah Willis sees another version of herself. We follow Sarah through this. The author is talented in how she masterfully weaves this parallel life into the story. The Other Sarah is living the life Sarah wishes she had. While this may seem strange, the author’s talent shines in this area as she brilliantly produces an incomparable storyline. In an attempt to merge the two lives together she jeopardizes her career and life as she knows it and ultimately her heart. This is not the type of story you’ve read before. The author takes risks with this. She challenges the reader on the “what ifs”. Ultimately, Sarah realizes that life is really what YOU make it. And so much more.
This story certainly does not follow any formula. From the moment you begin, you realize how Sarah is going to embark you as a reader on an experience you don’t ever see coming. While the premise of the story thankfully deviates from cookie cutter storylines, I found the author’s brave take on this story to be quite endearing and integral in this world of literary fiction. Loyal readers of this author should know that while this style differs from her other novels, nonetheless the meticulous narrative and well executed plot will have you completely engrossed in the pages. The story is very much character driven.
Her Other Life is an unexpected but an absolute organic and essential read. So many times as readers we get lost in the pomp and circumstance of books. I’ve learned that sometimes we just need the bare bones. The words. The characters. This book says so much by only saying so little. I am vague on the plot as I believe you should really go into this one blind. To the author who blows me away with her words. Takes chances with her characters. Once again, Ms. Wallace I am forever a fan. Lovers of literary fiction, you must read this book.
About the Author
Stacey Wallace writes engaging stories that make her readers snort-laugh, ugly-cry, and fall in love with her characters.
She lives in Beaverton, OR with her husband and their combined five children. Obviously, she drives a minivan.
To learn more about Stacey and her books, please visit her website at www.staceywallace.com
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