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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
A Mingled Yarn: Scenes From A Family Saga by Louise Williams is a chronicle of the fictional Walsh family, spanning nearly three decades between the years of 1952 and 1981. Little baby Liza is born at a great cost, with the passing of her mother Sally and the distancing of her parents as the family grapples with the loss of Sally and, to Sally's parents, the shame of their bastard granddaughter. As the years tick by and Liza grows, so too do the women who surround her in the absence of a father, all having first loves, marriages, experiences, and all the glory and heartache that mingle with the coming of age. As the story progresses, illness, Liza's desire to find her father, the Vietnam war, and sadness march through the Walsh family with the passage of time.
A Mingled Yarn is a beautifully written family saga, and the stories woven by author Louise Williams work their way through all the seasons of life, allowing each family member their own space within an ambitious novel. Finn was the most interesting to me, as was the family dynamic that spent a great deal of time revolving around a strictly religious core, which often put the Walsh children at odds with their parents, and even sometimes themselves. Williams delivers authentic emotion through the words and actions of fully fleshed-out characters, and I believe this book will be well received by those who appreciate tightly written family sagas, as well as historical and literary fiction.