Blurb: Even though she lives hundreds of miles away, when Langston, who dreams of being a chef, meets Cecile, a Juilliard-trained pianist, he is sure that his history of being a sidekick, instead of a love interest, is finally over. Their connection is real and full of potential for a deeper bond, but the obstacles between them turn out to be greater than distance. Can these busy, complicated people be ready for each other at the same time? Does it even matter? Before they can answer these questions, each must do battle with the ultimate demon–fear.
Told in a witty combination of standard prose, letters, emails, and diary entries, LETTING GO, in the tradition of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s AMERICANAH, is a long-distance love story that also examines race, religion, and the difficult choices we make following our passions. From the Great White North to the streets of New York City to the beaches of Bermuda, LETTING GO is a journey of longing, betrayal, self-discovery and hope you will never forget.
Review: Letting Go was a pleasure to read, from the great opening that draws the reader into the story immediately to the last page that leaves you smiling with satisfaction but still wanting more. Corley weaves together the lives of several young adults as they learn to deal with the conflicts between the expectations of their families and of society with their dreams and their ambitions. The story, however, focuses on Cecile who struggles when the morality she learned at home is at odds with her own desires. Throughout her life, she discovers that she must let go of what she thought she wanted in order to attain the life she wants for herself and her children.
Corley uses an unusual combination narrative, letters, journal entries, and emails to put the reader into the mind of characters that will come to life on the pages. Her sensual descriptions allow the reader to hear the music Cecile creates as she sits down at the piano, to smell and taste the delicious offerings Langston creates in the kitchen, to see the rolling waves and feel the sand as Cecile walks on the beach in Bermuda.
This is one of those books that keeps you turning pages but makes you sad when you come to the end. Hopefully, Corley will write again soon to let us know what happens next. Read Letting Go now so you’ll be ready for the sequel.
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Author: Maria Thompson Corley is a Canadian pianist (MM, DMA, The Juilliard School) of Jamaican and Bermudian descent, with experience as a college professor, private piano instructor, composer, arranger and voice actor. She has contributed to Broad Street Review since 2008, and also blogs for Huffington Post. Her first novel, Choices, was published by Kensington.
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