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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
Who’s Afraid of Red: A Story Cycle in Three Parts by Alessandra Gelmi is a philosophical read that will leave the reader pondering life and love. Right away in the start of the book, the reader meets Leon and Sylvia and becomes engrossed in their relationship and their individual searches for meaning in life. Leon was a theology student and then he spent time in Rwanda as a reporter covering the genocides; however, he has been unable to find meaning in life and move on. Sylvia is an art professor and looking for love in life, a love that is fulfilling and true. Although Leon and Sylvia are on separate paths seeking answers, finding closure and fulfillment, their connection with each other remains even when others, including Leon’s daughter, become involved in their lives as well.
Alessandra Gelmi has written a very thought-provoking and philosophical read. The main characters in the book, Leon and Sylvia, are both seeking fulfillment in their lives in more ways than one and feel lost on their journeys through life. This was a very interesting book as I felt I was able to live through these characters and try to sort through their thoughts and feelings. At times, I felt as if I was reading a journal as the writing is in that style – one’s personal thoughts and feelings, nothing being held back or censored. I also liked how the story is divided into three sections as it highlighted defining moments and time periods in the characters’ lives. This is a book that will stick with you and leave you thinking about the characters and one’s own life long after you finish reading.