Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Accident Season - Moira Fowley-Doyle

Title: The Accident Season
Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle
Format: Paperback

It's the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara's life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara's family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items - but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

The Accident Season, by Moira Fowley-Doyle, is a book of magical realism.  The writing is a little... interesting, but it fits with the mystery of the book.  You will find odd characters (Bea), weird situations (Elsie showing up in all. those. pictures), and some forbidden romance (Cara is in love with her now ex-stepbrother, which I think is just coo-coo, but the rest of the book was great.)

Cara and her family - mother, Sister Alice and Stepbrother Sam - have been subjected to the accident season every year for as long as Alice and Cara have been alive.  Every October, for the entire month, stuff just happens to them: broken bones, bruises, and, during one especially bad year, death.

To say this book is odd is an understatement.  But I LOVE that it's odd.  I love that Bea sits in class and looks at tarot cards, and that Cara and Bea are throwing a party called the Black Cat and Whisky Moon Masquerade, and that the party is going to take place at an old abandoned house (that, oddly enough, was listed as Elsie's address in her school file.)

 There is a lot of sort of dark mysterious stuff that floats throughout this novel, including:

*The fact that NONE of the teachers remember Elsie.  Not a damn one of them.
*The secrets booth.
*That Cara and Alice both think Elsie was in the others year at school.
*That Sam's dad just took off and left Sam with Alice, Cara, and their mother.

 This is a book I wanted to never end, because it dug me in, and made me want to be in this story (without the random accidents.  I just wanted to live where they live.) 

The author does a good job with character development and story development throughout the novel.  It only takes place over the course of about 10 days, but the book didn't have any "Oh that could never happen" moments, and each character stuck to who they were throughout the book.  Because the novel took place during such a short time span, the characters didn't really have time to change really (because how much emotional growth can one do over a period of a week and a half?!) but that was okay.

If you're a fan of magic, or magical realism, this is a book you'll want to get your hands on.  

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