The Compulsive Reader: Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

For generations the Scarborough women have been doomed to live eighteen years in sanity, until the birth of their first and only daughter, and then continue the rest of their lives in madness. Their only hope in avoiding insanity is to solve three tasks laid out for them in the Ballad of Scarborough Fair. None of the women have ever come close to solving them.

Until Lucy. Unlike her ancestors, she possesses a loving foster family, and Zach, her childhood friend who has loved her from afar for years. When she finds herself seventeen and pregnant, her unconventional family will band together, with the aid of Lucy's mother's diary pages from before insanity overtook her, and find a way break their curse once and for all—Lucy's future, and those of her mother and unborn daughter, depend upon it.

The haunting and mysterious words of the Ballad of Scarborough Fair take on new meaning in Impossible as Lucy, a young, determined, and modern heroine is faced with insurmountable odds. Werlin's prose is wonderfully magnetic; a pervading mix of magic, romance, and apprehension. Suspense is skillfully built throughout the book, and is sure to make readers squirm in excitement. Further knowledge of Lucy's ancestors might have added some appeal and interest to the story, but the lack of information on them does not detract from the story in any way. Werlin proves not only to be a captivating writer in Impossible, but also a uniquely clever and sensitive one as well as this unusual, romantic, and enchanting novel unfolds.

Impossible will be released from Penguin Group on Spetember 18th, 2008.


Anonymous said...

I love your review of Nancy Werlin's novel. It's very well-written.

Anonymous said...

Great review- I got this book recently from Penguin as part of a package I got when I asked to get a certain book, the name of which I cannot remember, lol. The publicist had asked me if I wanted Paper Towns as well, but I already have a copy, so I just told her to surprise me with a different book that Penguin was excited about coming out this fall. I ended up getting two different books as well as the one I asked for, lol, this one being one of them.

Glad you enjoyed it! I'm looking forward to reading it next month.

Hillary said...

I just received an arc of this in the mail yesterday. Great review! I can't wait to read it now!

Anonymous said...

In fact, further information on Lucy's ancestors is available on a special promotional DVD that Penguin has prepared (ask them for a copy!) and will soon be on a associated web site that Penguin is building for the book.

I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

All best,
Nancy Werlin