FROM ACROSS THE ROOM BY GINA L. MULLIGAN
Publication Date: September 15, 2016
Five Star Publications
Hardcover & eBook; 271 Pages
Praise for From Across the Room
From Across the Room is told entirely via letters from the main character Thomas Gadwell to a variety of other characters, including his love interest, Mary Harting. When I first began reading From Across the Room, I thought the story was going to be more romancey, and I wondered if I had made a mistake in agreeing to read it...I'm not usually a romance fan.
I quickly realized that there was so much more involved in this story.
Mulligan weaves in family and societal issues from the Gilded Age as well as description that is so vivid, I could see the action. Here's where the letters are perfectly situated. In a world very different from the world we live in today, the words on the page were IT. There were no visuals to click on, no immediate opportunity to ask a question if the reader didn't understand something, and no smart phones to send SnapChats and Selfies. To communicate, the writer HAD to choose words carefully. The writer got one shot...and then might have to wait two weeks to find out how the recipient interpreted the letter or felt about it because that's how long it took for the letter to arrive, be read, responded to, and the response sent. In today's time, I know a lot of people who would go crazy waiting that long for anything :)
I loved that Thomas Gadwell's mentor was Henry James :) I'm an English teacher so the author and writing aspect of From Across the Room interested me a great deal...the publishing industry, Thomas's agent, etc. were also interesting tidbits.
Abigail Winchester is the character that jumped out to me...I think Mulligan could write an entirely new novel about this very eccentric lady :):)
I wasn't entirely sure about the ending. At first, it made me a little mad...but the more I sit with it, the more I think I do actually like it...from the author, publishing viewpoint. If you like a sneaky little read, you'll like this turn of events as well.
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