Saving Cicadas by Nicole Seitz

Saving Cicadas by Nicole Seitz is the fictional story of Priscilla Macy and her family as they seek to reveal hidden truths and find their ways home.

Priscilla Macy is a single mom with two girls. seventeen-year-old Rainey Dae, a special-needs child, and eight-year-old Janie Doe. Priscilla finds herself pregnant and without support, and she takes the girls and her mother and father on a road trip in search of … something.  Home?  Roots? Redemption?  Or all three?

Seitz chose to tell this story using the voices of eight-year-old Janie and her grandma, Mona.  I thought Janie’s voice was totally believable, and the story worked with her telling it.  I didn’t think Mona worked as well, mostly because of her reserve.  Mona carried information that was important to the story, but her character was harsh and jarring, a stark contrast to Janie’s.  I see why Seitz used Mona as a narrator, but the only justification I could come up with for the harshness of the transition was that some of the story matter itself was harsh and Mona was the one who revealed it.  Although I believe Seitz’s story was well worth the telling, I didn’t find myself believing the book, and that made it a less enjoyable read.

You can buy the book here.

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