Author: Helga Gruendler-Schierloh
Title: Burying Leo
Genre(s): Women's fiction; Contemporary women; Literature and fiction
Touching, genuine, relatable
Burying Leo is an incredibly relatable story that explores the concepts of first loves, marital discord, infertility, and self-exploration from a woman' perspective. This novel covers a variety of topics that lends itself to being a very personable read. For a majority of the story, Ingrid is enduring a variety of difficulties, so there is an underlying tone that feels exhausted and emotionally drained. It is very easy to feel Ingrid's struggles and how hard it is for her to rise above them. With that being said, this book is not necessarily a "light" read, although it is an easily digestible novel. The content is heavy and emotionally driven, so there were times when I, myself, felt drained from the issues that were brought up. However, this was not necessarily a bad thing because I enjoy novels that have more depth and content that makes me feel something as opposed to surface level stories that don't give me the opportunity to connect with the characters.
My liking of Ingrid fluctuated a lot throughout Burying Leo and I think the variability in her likability made me enjoy the book even more. There were times when I was really rooting for her and wanted her to gain a win in her life. There were also moments when I lacked sympathy for her troubles because she made decisions that clearly had an impact on her own well-being, specifically related to her romantic relationships. Throughout the book, readers follow her through many trials and most of them relate to her marriage. It was incredibly painful to read some of the situations Ingrid found herself in. She often came across as helpless and unwilling to make the necessary changes in her life that would bring her happiness. While I appreciate when authors illustrate challenges that people face everyday, it can become a little too monotonous if the characters lack growth for a majority of the story. I found that to be true for Burying Leo as I mentioned previously I felt drained for a good portion of the novel. However, Ingrid does end up making an astounding comeback that left me feeling relieved and elated for her. This is definitely a story of overcoming tragedy, so if you are willing to endure the adversities, the accomplishments are worth the read!
Somethings Must Die to Rise Ingrid always loved to sing. Auditioning for a summer job after high school shattered her dreams. She fled to Detroit where she married with the hopes of starting a family. When hope crumbled, she attempts to sing again. Will singing bring the life Ingrid always desired, or will her mutilated soul lose her everything?
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