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June 5, 2017

Beautifully Written Debut Novel - Among the Lesser Gods by Margo Catts


“Tragedy and blessing. Leave them alone long enough, and it gets real hard to tell them apart.”

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About the book:

; Arcade Publishing;9781628727395
ebook, print (336 pages); women's fiction
Elena Alvarez is living a cursed life. From the deadly fire, she accidentally set as a child, to her mother’s abandonment, and now to an unwanted pregnancy, she knows better than most that small actions can have terrible consequences. Driven to the high mountains surrounding Leadville, Colorado by her latest bad decision, she’s intent on putting off the future. Perhaps there she can just hide in her grandmother’s isolated cabin and wait for something—anything—to make her next choice for her.

Instead, she is confronted by reflections of her own troubles wherever she turns—the recent widower and his two children adrift in a changed world, Elena’s own mysterious family history, and the interwoven lives within the town itself. Bit by bit, Elena begins to question her understanding of cause and effect, reexamining the tragedies she’s held on to and the wounds she’s refused to let heal.

But when the children go missing, Elena’s fragile new peace is shattered. It’s only at the prospect of fresh loss and blame that she will discover the truth of the terrible burdens we take upon ourselves, the way tragedy and redemption are inevitably intertwined—and how curses can sometimes lead to blessings, however disguised.

My Opinion:  

Among the Lesser Gods is a beautifully written debut novel by . The characters are so well written that I found myself really invested in their lives. It’s more than a coming of age novel – it’s a novel about a 20ish-year-old girl who is trying to live her life based on past mistakes instead of trying to figure out the best path for her to follow in her future.

Elena has just graduated from college and has no idea what to do next. Her choices are all being made based on her younger years when she set a deadly fire, when her mother abandoned her and when her father started to distance himself from her. She made a lot of unwise decisions in college and now finds that she is pregnant with no plans for the future. Her grandmother offers her a place to stay in a small town in Colorado where she starts taking care of two young children who have recently lost their mother. Taking care of the children lead her to examine her life and her reasons for the decisions that she’s made and to start making plans for her future.

This book started a little slow but I quickly got pulled into Elena’s life and problems. It’s a beautiful well-written novel about forgiving yourself and learning to move on in your life. It’s also a story about love and redemption and family. I look forward to future books from this author.

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About the Author:

I'm a writer rooted in Colorado because I can't be everywhere else at once. My first novel, Among the Lesser Gods, comes out in May 2017. You can read about my life in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere abroad at You can find more adventures from extraordinary global-citizen women (plus one of mine) in Once Upon an Expat.

Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling.  She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends.  She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with her on Facebook.

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  1. Thank you for reading, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

    I'll be keeping an eye on this comment thread, so please feel free to chat with me here. My writing grows out of my fascination with people and their ordinary, heroic, messy, extraordinary, ordinary lives, and how we're all just trying to work out our stuff. If you have a question, ask, or if you don't (which is hard to do when you haven't read the book), I'd love to hear a memorable people-watching moment, whether you saw it yourself or were doing something you're sure looked v-e-r-y puzzling to the people around you.

    Mine: A woman I often see on a bike path where I ride. She walks with two miniature poodles in a stroller. Religiously. I have never seen the dogs walking. Just sitting like tiny royalty in their stroller. You'd better believe I have a complete home life imagined for them. Keep an eye out for them to show up in a future book.

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed this book! Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  3. Just added this to my wishlist. Sounds so interesting. I like stories about family drama.