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Throwing Clay Shadows: a coming of age novel in 1800s Scotland by [Atkinson, Thea]
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  • Print Length: 213 pages
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  • Language: English
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Starting this book, I was not sure if it would be my kind of read, but I could not help but be drawn in by this author's excellent story telling. At times I found the story frustrating, gut-wrenching, sad, and joyful. I lived with the characters while reading about their often painful story.
I found the part that is seen through the eyes of the five year old, Maggie, very interesting. I also enjoyed the contrast between what she thought and felt and what the adults thought she did.
Although this is certainly not a light read, if you want a story that feels true, deep and real, this is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously Written 20 April 2012
By Sammy Sutton Author - Published on Amazon.com
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A fabulously written adult story that reminded me of what it's like to be a child. Thea Atkinson is one of the most versitile authors I have had the pleasure of reading. Her work has soul and THROWING CLAY SHADOWS stays true to her style. The images are so vivid it becomes a stage production in the room. The death of her mother brings incredible grief to Maggie. Her fears become personal monsters of childlike proportions. She feels responsible for her mother's death and worries she will kill her father. The story takes place in a perfect setting on the Isle of Eigg in 1807. The author shares an incredibly deep and accurate portrayal of a traumatized child.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 9 Jan. 2013
By Kel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I took a chance on this, I had never read anything else my Thea Atkinson at this point so I bought it based solely on other reviews. I was not disappointed, her writing is incredible and I truly felt I was a part of this little girls world. Very beautiful, yet sometimes dark book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my style, but the writing is great! 29 Dec. 2016
By ShanCol19 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book isn't really something I generally like to read, but the writing was really great and the story is interesting. If I based the rating on my liking the story, I probably would've rated it a 3, but the writing style definitely pumped the rating up a notch for me. I almost felt like I was waiting the whole time for the real story to begin, but this book is a slower building story with some real situations and it is a period piece, so everything seems simpler. The story takes place in 1807 in Scotland, and is really rather depressing, but the characters kept me reading and wondering where in the heck this story is going. Angus has lost his wife, who he had deep love for, and his unborn child, and after his wife's death, their 4 year old daughter, Maggie, believes it is her fault, so she stops speaking, and Angus worries for her, so he marries a spinster, so his daughter will have a mother figure. The relationship between Angus and his new wife, Janet, is strained, and both are dealing with a lot that has happened in each of their lives, and finding trust and connection between them is difficult. There's also lots of POV's, we get POV's from Maggie, Angus, Janet, and Angus' sister, Emma, who are all dealing with their own issues, and although it seems like a lot of POV's and I normally don't like more than 2 POV's, I think it was done well. This is a standalone, and I think the ending worked for this type of story. I've read other books by Thea Atkinson, and have really enjoyed her writing in each book I've read of hers, she has stories that go to lots of different genres, I for one happen to love Paranormal books, so I tend to favor her books that lean more in that direction, but I'm always willing to give books of hers a try that may not be to my usual liking, and I think that is a credit to her wonderful writing.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Way They Talk in Scotland 9 Jun. 2016
By Ron K - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have read some short vampire fiction by Atkinson and was not impressed and minimally entertained. When I saw this tagged as Scottish historical fiction, I downloaded the sample (it’s free) and was quite impressed, enough to buy the book. I am not sure about “historical” fiction part. Where is the history? It is not history in by my usual definition, but it is history if I consider the language used. There is so much vocabulary unique to Scotland that this might fit into the category “history.” It is fiction with a terrible theme developed so well through the deft use of language that some of the terror is diluted to almost acceptable discourse.

Maggie lost her mother though childbirth of a baby sister; the sister died also. It was months before Maggie could appreciate death, she really only knew absence. And she accepted responsibility for whatever took Ma and baby sister away. In order to not further cause havoc that would take father away, she stops talking

Angus is grief stricken to the point of mental illness over the loss of his wife and daughter. Left with only the mute Maggie, and feeling inadequate to bring up a daughter, he seeks a new mother for Maggie. Whoever he chooses will have importance only in the mother role for Maggie; he does not look forward to another marital (sexual) relationship.

Angus is old, ugly, and has no social skills. Not a problem, he has found a mother for Maggie. Not far down the road (important, because it seems everybody walks) is Janet. She is already old, 35, and looking for a way to get out of her house. She is stuck there taking care of her parents and keeping house for them and her brother. Janet has secrets and will accept an old, ugly, socially inept husband to get away from her role as caretaker in a house she feels is not really hers.

Angus has a sister, Emma. She is married to Colin. Emma and Janet had been school friends; Colin and Janet had a relationship. We don’t know the depth of the relationship between Colin and Janet, but we know Janet was not a virgin when she married Angus. Since now Colin is married to the sister of her husband, Janet is an uncomfortable presence at family get-togethers.

Maggie is silent through much of the story. She does not communicate much with anyone, except her mother, who is dead. And there is another being, Shentu, a boy who is also Maggie, just in another time. Ma is trying to train and guide Maggie through vision visits. As the novel comes to a violent end with many conflicts literally crashing into each other on their way to resolution, the need for Maggie’s visions will decrease. The reader will still have questions, but help from Maggie will no longer depend on visions.

A roller coaster ride through traumas belonging to characters of all ages kept me awake so that I read this story in one session.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 16 Dec. 2016
By tori - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was great, I couldn't put it down. It was very raw and emotional. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I look forward to reading another book from Thea Atkinson.
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