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Fifteen Thousand Pieces

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"Fifteen Thousand Pieces" by Gina Leola Woolsey is an emotional rollercoaster that tugs at your heartstrings from start to finish. Woolsey weaves a poignant narrative that explores the complexities of love, loss, and the indomitable human spirit. The story follows the protagonist, Lily, as she navigates the shattered pieces of her life after a devastating tragedy.

Woolsey's writing is both tender and powerful, capturing the raw essence of grief and the gradual process of healing. The characters are beautifully crafted, each carrying their own burdens and contributing to the mosaic of Lily's journey. The author's ability to delve into the depths of human emotion is truly commendable.

What sets this novel apart is its authentic portrayal of resilience and the transformative power of love. Woolsey doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of pain but manages to infuse hope into the narrative. "Fifteen Thousand Pieces" is a testament to the strength found in vulnerability and the importance of picking up the fragments of our lives, one piece at a time.

In this soul-stirring debut, Gina Leola Woolsey delivers a story that lingers, leaving readers with a profound sense of empathy and a renewed appreciation for the fragility of life.

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I was not sure what to expect from this story; part biography of a minor Canadian medical celebrity, part coming out story, part harrowing disaster tale. I was really impressed. The overall pacing made it feel like a thriller despite being non-fiction. I couldn't put it down, invested in both the crash and its aftermath, and the complicated life of this doctor turned bureaucrat, an unlikely topic for a page turner. The author is thorough in her process of delving into his life so that his narrative is well balanced with the perception of others. There is a wonderful tension in the chapters about the aftermath of the crash that propels the story forward. I really enjoyed it. The cover though from my perspective lets it down. I can see it getting passed over in my library without me bringing attention to it.

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