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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Until Time Erases You: A Tragedy of Love, Loss, and Courage in the Shadow of the Triangle Fire is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, interpersonal drama, and emotive writing subgenres. The work is best suited to the adult reading audience owing to its central subject matter of disaster and death. Penned by author David W. Gordon, this powerful and poignant tale is set against the backdrop of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a tragic event in the early 20th century that had profound consequences. The narrative intertwines the lives of Catherine Tassone, Jacob Brosky, and Michael McMahon, representing the rich tapestry of immigrant experiences in New York City during a time of industrial upheaval and societal change.
Author David W. Gordon has crafted a novel that feels like stepping into a time machine that transports you to a bygone era, vividly capturing the struggles and aspirations of the characters as well as the powerful impact of tragedy across a community. Gordon does a fantastically balanced job of navigating the complexities of love and loss with a keen eye for the harsh realities of a society that often exploits the vulnerable. Yet the narrative never feels too preachy or heavy despite these big themes underpinning it, and the story flows smoothly through highs and lows to keep us entertained amid the harsh lessons of history. The writing is emotionally charged and evocative, drawing readers into the lives of the characters and the attitudes and feelings of the period, with plenty of compelling dialogue, scenes, and colorful characters. Overall, Until Time Erases You is a highly recommended historical read that tells a riveting story but also serves as a poignant reminder of the human cost of progress and the resilience that emerges in the face of tragedy.