• Publisher: Lethe Press (April 4, 2016)
Madena, upstate New York. Like any other small town, everybody keeps an eye on everybody else’s business without recognizing the secrets that connect them. The wheelchair-bound Celeste conjures up lives from what she sees and thinks she sees while peering through binoculars from her kitchen fan vent. Fifteen-year old Persephone trades sex for tattoo sessions that get her high and help her forget her girlfriend doesn’t love her. Theo was the high-school bad boy who couldn’t have the respectable girl he adored from afar, but now, sitting behind the counter of the last video store in town, worries wretchedly about the restless daughter he never understood. Natalie, trying to grasp the last shreds of respectability, would do anything to forget the baby she gave up long ago, including betray her husband and son. Celeste, longing to connect, combines truth with fantasy, intervenes and interferes, finally understanding that things have gone terribly wrong and that she stands at the heart of disaster.
Connected Underneath is a lyrical, scalpel-keen dissection of the ties that bind and of those that dissolve.
Welcome to my blog tour stop for Connected Underneath by Linda Legters. Thank you to the author, publisher and TLC Book Tours for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for my honest review of it.
Connected Underneath is a story about human connections.The story is told through the perspectives of multiple characters which for me made it a well rounded, very detailed story. I am giving this book a five star review. What I really loved about this story were the characters and how layered they were. I haven’t read characters this complex in quite awhile and it was certainly a treat to read. I found myself identifying with them in certain aspects of their lives/feelings and just found myself deeply connected with them. I am definitely a fan of the author’s writing. It drew me in and had me emotionally invested in the characters and interested in their lives.
I really enjoyed all the characters we were introduced to in this book but I was really invested into Theo and his daughter Persephone and their relationship struggle. It made me sad for both of them for very different reasons but I enjoyed seeing their dynamic.
The setting is a small town setting, which is one that I am not too familiar with other than on movies, television shows or from visiting family that lives in small towns so this look at connections in a small town was really fascinating for me. It was really interesting to see the narrative develop through multiple eyes and made me think of the ways in which we all perceive things differently based on the information we think we know. It made me contemplate the ways in which not only the characters in this book are connected, but people in their everyday lives.
This book was super interesting, tragic and gripping all at the same time. I definitely recommend picking this book up and giving it a read, I definitely don’t think you will regret it. It is beautifully written and will keep you invested in the story, not wanting to put it down.
Happy reading everyone!
About Linda Legters
Linda Legters was born in the far western reaches of New York State. She earned her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and her MFA from Vermont College. She lived in Boston and New York before settling in Connecticut to raise her three sons. She currently teaches at Norwalk Community College and at the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio.
Her short stories are about people from across the social spectrum and have appeared in literary journals such as Glimmer Train and Alaska Quarterly Review. She is passionate about art and music in addition to literature, and is at work on her second novel.
Find out more about Linda at her website.