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  • A Frenzy of Sparks: A Novel
  • Kristin Fields
  • 20 May 2019

A Frenzy of Sparks: A Novel[Read] ➪ A Frenzy of Sparks: A Novel By Kristin Fields – Essayreview.co.uk From the author of A Lily in the Light comes a poignant story of innocence lost and what it means to grow up too fast

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About the Author: Kristin Fields

Kristin Fields grew up in Queens, which of Sparks: MOBI ð she likes to think of as a small town next to a big city Kristin studied writing at A Frenzy PDF \ Hofstra University, where she was awarded the Eugene Schneider Award for Short Fiction After college, Kristin found herself working on a historic farm, as a high Frenzy of Sparks: PDF ✓ school English teacher, designing museum education programs, and is currently leading an initiative to bring gar.


10 thoughts on “A Frenzy of Sparks: A Novel

  1. says:

    4-5 stars

    Queens in 1965 is a very different place to today but it’s apparent even then that the neighbourhood is changing. This is a coming of age story focusing on the extended family of thirteen year old Gia. Her father Eddie is a cop, mum Agnes is a typist and she has a fifteen year old brother Leo. Gia is drawn to the canal and surrounding marshes where she is often able to leave her troubles behind and feel a sense of renewal. When her cousin Ray brings drugs into the area it unleashed a catastrophic chain of events and for a Gia and her family nothing is the same again.

    First of all I know from ‘Lily in the Light’ just how talented Kristin Fields is as an author. This novel is very well written, she has a gift for storytelling that draws you in to the narrative and a beautiful way with words. She captures the changing times and the events that cause concern such as the war in Vietnam, the rising use of drugs and the impact that causes are all depicted with clarity. This is a very powerful novel being poignant in places and shocking in others. I really like that Gia is the sensitive observer of the events around her as she starts out perhaps with a naive view of her world but she has a deep desire for it to be better. She wants a world free of chemicals, the canal and marshes preserved for wildlife but she finds herself witnessing the effects of newly available manufactured drugs such as LSD and does her best to fight it. The stress of addiction and the implosion that it causes on families is conveyed very movingly. I love Gia’s spirit and the desperate lengths she goes to in order to help those around her. Through her eyes we also see the gender roles and she doesn’t want her mothers traditional female role and she will break out of that mould like many others at this time. Not only is the world changing but the events of 1965 change Gia irrevocably. The end is very dramatic and sad although probably not unexpected.

    Overall, this pivotal period is depicted really effectively and the changes explored through Gia’s eyes in a novel that is compulsive and compelling reading.

  2. says:

    A Frenzy of Sparks is a thoughtful exploration of family, heartache, and ultimately carrying on. Set in the sixties in Queens—a time and place of intense transformation—Kristin Fields deftly tells the heartrending story of what addiction does to a family and exposes the dark underbelly of suburbia. Powerful and poignant, I didn’t want to leave the pages of this masterfully crafted book.

  3. says:

    i feel like i would have absolutely adored this if i was the right kind of reader for this kind of story.

    i am quite intolerant when it comes to drug use, perhaps because ive never been around it, so i found myself lacking any sort of patience or understanding for leos character, who plays a rather significant role. the narration is third person, so i wonder why the author didnt utilise that to give the reader some insight into leos thoughts, his rationale behind his decisions, or any indication to show what he was feeling. because the entire narration follows gia, i feel like there is a missed opportunity for the reader to empathise with leo, which is what i personally needed.

    that being said, i was really into the world building and how the writing paints a rather interesting picture of queens in the 1960s. i had no idea it used to be marshes, so i enjoyed seeing a different side of NYC and reading about gias connection to the environment around her.

    i have no doubts that many readers will find this story to be touching but, for me, my heart just wasnt completely invested.

    thank you lake union publishing for the ARC!

    ↠ 3 stars

  4. says:

    A Frenzy of Sparks is a beautiful, emotional coming of age story. Gia is 13 years old in 1965. She has recently read Silent Spring, and worries about chemicals, loves the marsh, the water, and taking the boat out, and longs for the freedom that her older brother and cousins have. Things change when her cousin Ray gets involved with selling drugs and mafia connections. Gia's brother falls down the path of addiction, and her family's life changes forever.

    This is a very well written, beautiful story of growing up, of changes, of family, of a loved one's addiction. It is set far enough in the past to feel like a different time, yet remains relevant to today's world. The main character is very well written, and unique. I felt that the writing itself was very strong as well.

    The book definitely packs an emotional punch, and I found myself tearing up a few times. The characters were well-developed enough that I cared what happened to them, and found that I got pulled into the story very quickly. Definitely worth picking up.

    Thanks NetGalley and publishers for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

  5. says:

    Summary: A Frenzy of Sparks is set in the 1960's in Queens, at a time and in a family where family is paramount, where women are mothers and wives, and men work blue collar jobs. They live in a sleepy, tree-lined neighborhood on a canal, where nothing ever happens. At least, it never used to.

    13-year-old Gia, along with her older brother and cousins, are desperate for more. Unfortunately, the way Gia's cousin, Ray, decides to go about it -- by bringing drugs into the neighborhood -- sets off a chain of events that no one in the family will escape.

    From the author of A Lily in the Light comes a poignant story of innocence lost and what it means to grow up too fast. Equal parts heart-wrenching and hopeful, A Frenzy of Sparks explores a world where survival is the attempt to move forward while leaving pieces of your heart behind.

    My review: A Frenzy of Sparks tells the heartbreaking truth about how quickly addiction can destroy a family and a community. Fields has a beautiful ability to shape words such that the ordinary becomes extraordinary. She has a particular talent for transporting you into another time, another place, another person. I felt like I became Gia every time I opened the book, and as a result, I became heavily invested in what became of her. My heart broke as little pieces of Gia's innocence were so abruptly sliced away, and I cheered when she committed one of her trademark acts of extreme bravery.

  6. says:

    A Frenzy of Sparks by Kristin Fields is a wonderfully written coming of age story set in 1965.

    The story follows Gia who is 13 years old . Her cousin gets caught up in selling drugs with some dangerous connections. Gia's brother's path brings changes to her family as a whole.

    At its core, this is a story of addiction, which can be a hard topic to read. The author does a magnificent job of telling the story set in the 60's. But really with addiction, when it comes to family dynamics and supporting someone with an addiction, not much has changed and the story is just as relevant today as it was 40 years ago.

    This was an emotional read. The characters are well crafted and written with such heart that though the topic was difficult I loved reading it.

    A story not to be missed.

  7. says:

    A heart breaking but also heart warming tale set in the 60s in Queens NYC following a close knit family and their complexities.
    Thirteen year old Gia is the main narrator and takes us through her family trials and tribulations through her eyes. I fell in love with her, and felt every bit of what she went through - her inner conflicts, her familial conflicts and her coming of age. I was so glad there was an epilogue catching up with her some time later to see how things progressed for her and her family.
    This was a good, solid read and I enjoyed it immensely!

  8. says:

    A provocative coming-of-age in 1960s Queens.
    Heart-wrenching and moving, A FRENZY OF SPARKS boldly reveals families in crisis, brought together and torn apart. Brava Kristin Fields on a lyrical, luminous tale that sticks with the reader long after the last page.

  9. says:

    It is set in Queens of the 1960s. This book is at once heart-touching and heart-breaking. Also, it comes with a beautiful cover.
    I like the writing style of Kristin, she describes everything in perfect detail. I especially liked the summer descriptions.
    The book is about a family who has to go through a lot of heartache and trouble throughout the book, especially the 13-year old girl because of a chain of events set in motion by drugs. The book gives us a glimpse of the situation of women in the past and the things expected from them. It is a story of a young girl, 13 years old, who had to grow up too fast because of the terrible things she had to go through at such a young age. A girl who was a little rebellious in nature, who just wanted to be in the water with a boat with the sea birds, nothing to do with painting, baking, and all the other things her mother wanted her to do. A girl who was so innocent at the beginning but became so mature for a 13-year-old girl by the end of the book. I liked the epilogue, so full of hope that things can turn out to be good at the end and you have to carry on and not dwell on the things of the past.
    A very beautiful book, will highly recommend. :)

  10. says:

    Kristen Fields blew me away with A Frenzy of Sparks. The story follows the main character a teenage girl named Gia who goes on a journey thru her most vulnerable years. Based in the 1960s made the book so much more interesting! Loved every bit of it!

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