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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Sketches of Life is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama and historical sub-genres penned by author A. Gavazzoni. Written for mature readers due to the presence of sexual situations, this intricate drama follows the life of Lily, a young woman with mixed heritage between French and American roots. In the middle of the Second World War, Lily must move to her father’s American homeland when France surrenders to Germany, taking her poor dependent mother with her. Our second protagonist, Ninon, lives a very different life and seems to have lost all faith until an incredible opportunity is presented to lift her out of her current situation.
Exploring themes such as duty, passion and the pursuance of one’s dreams, the protagonists of this tale are young women who find themselves in the midst of one of the world’s most trying times. As the pressure of war fills everyone with dread, Lily and Ninon emerge as relatable heroines still striving for something bigger for themselves, taking the opportunities to survive that life gives them. Author A. Gavazzoni has crafted an ideal balance between the close narration of the emotive, character-led drama and the wider backdrop of a war-torn world and its many sociocultural struggles. The plot contains plenty of ups and downs, but usually in ways that you would not expect from a WW2 novel, delivering a personalized tale of struggle and triumph amid adverse circumstances. Overall, I would highly recommend Sketches of Life to readers seeking something new and truly unique.