Ceremony of Innocence

Ceremony of Innocence

by Daranna Gidel

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Despite stereotypical supporting characters and a melodramatic ending, this hefty first novel, with its intertwining of three young people's lives, provides escapist entertainment. In the 1960s, Lucy Clare, poor, sensitive and artistic, grows up stifled in Walea, Tex., ``the buckle of the Bible Belt.'' Juliana Van Lyden, the pampered, lonely, neurotic heir to a New York dynasty, is raised under her grandfather's autocratic control. Her cousin, Ellis Fielding, is kidnapped by his disgruntled father at age 11 and forced to live the rugged life that his dad hopes will make him brutally macho. The narrative braids the strands of Lucy's awakening sense of self as an artist, of Juliana's perennial search for love and acceptance, and of Ellis's emergence from the wilderness to take charge of his family, overcoming the psychological intrigues and power games that support the Van Lyden facade. The three characters, now inextricably bound by the strongest ties of love and hatred, meet in the novel's late, overwrought climax and expected happy ending. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo. (Sept.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Love, tragedy, and intrigue are the magnetic forces masterfully employed by Gidel to captivate the reader's interest in her first novel. Though their backgrounds are dissimilar, Lucy, Ellis, and Juliana steadfastly pursue the elusive elixir which will satisfy their need to be loved. Raised in a Texas trailer park by dysfunctional parents, Lucy escapes from a misfit, good-ole-boy marriage to find fulfillment in the art world. Ellis, kidnapped by his militant father at a tender age, learns survival in the wilds of the Rocky Mountains as he seeks to rebuild his life. Born to a New York family of great wealth and status, Juliana struggles to capture parental love and the respect of her grandfather as heiress of the family empire. All survivors, the three protagonists are flung together by a plot spiked with passion and violence and laced with an element of surprise. Above average, and recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/91-- Mary Ellen Elsbernd, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights

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