An Unforgettable Saga
Review of Circling Carousels by Ashlee North http://ashleenorthauthor.com/
Reviewed by Gerald M. Weinberg
The title, “Circling Carousels,” gave me an image of an up-and-down ride endlessly repeating itself. Never was a story more aptly titled.
To quote the novel itself, “This was no novel written by a teenage girl, but a life lived in the most awful way.” More accurately, it’s the story of several lives lived in the most awful way. Or, to quote the novel again, “The story was horrific but moving …”
Circling Carousels is the tale of three generations of women caught in successive cycles of poverty, exploitation, and abuse. The description of these cycles is so plain, yet so compelling, that if you start to read it, you’d better go all the way to the end, lest you be depressed beyond salvation.
But there’s no danger of stopping before the end—the straight-to-the-heart writing assures that you won’t be able to stop before the final resolution. When you’re done, you’ll remember this story for a long time, knowing that the battle between human good and human evil never really ends. As in the book, some of us are killed by the battle, while others survive and eventually thrive. As for me, Ashlee North’s compelling account left me optimistic about life, but wary.