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Beyond a Thousand Words

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This 3 generation family drama was so good. It starts out with Coty taking pictures in Vietnam as she is leaving in 1955 to the present. This kept me entertained and wanting more. I greatly enjoyed this book.
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Coty is a great main character and I enjoyed going on this journey with them. It had everything that I wanted from the description and was enjoying what was going on. Michael Rose has a great writing style and left me wanting more.

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Thank you NetGalley for giving me the chance to read this book ahead of time in exchange for a review. It didn't disappoint! Must read!!

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Michael Rose's "Beyond a Thousand Words" weaves together history, family, and the power of images to create a deeply moving and unforgettable story.

Set against the backdrop of 1954 Vietnam during the conflict with the French, the story introduces Coty Fine, an American photographer who embarks on a journey that will change the course of her life. It's a journey that spans decades and continents, connecting the past with the present.

Rose's vivid and evocative language brings 1950s Vietnam to life, immersing us in the turmoil and emotions of that era. Through Coty's lens, we witness not only the physical landscapes but also the complex human relationships that define the period.

We are introduced to a cast of compelling characters, each grappling with their own demons and desires. Coty, haunted by her past, is determined to mend the frayed bond between her daughter, Jette, and granddaughter, Evelyn. Evelyn, on a mission to Vietnam to locate a mysterious nun, Sister Lan, becomes the catalyst for a series of events that will test the resilience of family ties.

The novel explores family dynamics and the secrets that shape our lives. Coty's quest to bridge the gap between generations is heartwarming and heart-wrenching. Rose beautifully portrays the complexity of mother-daughter relationships, making it impossible not to empathize with Coty's desire for reconciliation.

The introduction of two foreign characters, French priest Laurent Sabatier and Gabonese priest Matheo Aubert, adds layers of depth. Their unwitting involvement in Coty's plan to heal her family provides moments of humor, wisdom, and reflection. Rose portrays the intersection of diverse backgrounds and cultures, highlighting the shared humanity that unites us all.

"Beyond a Thousand Words" is a story of redemption and the power of images to transcend time and distance. The revelatory photograph that Coty holds is not just a plot device; it's a symbol of the enduring impact of visual storytelling. Rose reveals how a single image can change the course of lives and bridge the gaps between generations.

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Beyond A Thousand Words is a multigenerational, multicultural novel centered around photographer Coty Fine, her blood family and those she more or less adopted as family. Although Coty is Jewish, she seems to have a good understanding of and becomes an advocate for those that she considers in need of reconsideration of life choices. The author, Michael Rose does a beautiful job putting the description scenes together so that the reader has no trouble visualizing what the characters are seeing. While not a book that one will feel required to read in one sitting, it definitely is worth one’s time to finish. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book from NetGalley. Highly recommend.

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