Review by Darla
Great book, good writing, good story, enjoyable characters. But don’t fall for the publisher’s description – this is not a about a serpent or magic. It’s much better than that. There is a small village dealing with the mystery of what could be a serpent, but that is merely the catalyst for the story’s precepts. It’s about a woman not staying in her place, a recovery from the guilt of a bad marriage, the impossibilities of loving an autistic child and the grief of loss. It’s about the changes a small village must go through to stumble toward modernity. The best part? The secondary characters are so well developed; you want to know what happens to them as well as the protagonist. I recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier, The Fossil Hunter by Shelley Emling and Possession by A.S. Byatt.