by Lily Iona Mackenzie


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ISBN-13: 9781942428299
Publisher: Pen-L Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2015
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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Fling! 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Novel of Magical Realism and Real Magic At first read, you might think Fling! by Lily Iona MacKenzie is a delightful story with endearing, charming characters—which it is. But look a little closer, and you’ll find it’s also a probing story picking at deep layers of family love and resentment. Just below the characters’ zest for life lie feelings of aloneness and abandonment. Once those feelings are laid bare, can they ever be subdued? Fling!’s main characters are mother and daughter Bubbles and Feather. Ninety-year-old Bubbles is still full of enthusiasm and looking for laughter wherever she can find it. MacKenzie tells us Bubbles’ motto is fun. “Life was too short; you needed to have a little fun. ... Money didn’t matter that much to her, as long as she could have a good time.” Although Bubbles is funny and quirky, my favorite character is Feather. Feather is 57 years old and still eagerly searching for her place in life, a place where she feels comfortable and welcome. The two women embark on a riotous trip to Mexico to retrieve the ashes of Bubbles’ dead mother. What they find there is well beyond anything they expected. After building up Mexico as a place where the miraculous can happen, MacKenzie stirs in a good dose of magical realism, allowing Bubbles’ mother to rise from the ashes in plenty of time to greet her own dead parents when they arrive, heralded by thousands of moths. The four generations, together for the first time, explore new meanings for old wounds and affections. Fling! is a joyful novel, full of humor and surprising escapades. The characters are all lovable and memorable. But the part of the novel that has stuck with me most is its message about the endurance of family relationships. Are we ever really alone?
Alliesopinions More than 1 year ago
Mackenzie brings to the table a novel that has a little bit of everything. Hippies, brujos, romance, history and so much more. Each character is vibrantly alive even when they shouldn’t be. It’s a tale of realism, magical realism and the allure of Mexico. There seems to be a bit of a trend with the women of the MacGregor clan. They are all eccentric and free spirited. The rigors of everyday routine drown them. They need action and adventure. Bubbles is a character all her own. She’s a very old lady on the outside but on the inside she may as well be a teenager. Her vitality is contagious and in some way, I think she was carrying around those memories of her family and her belief is what brought them into substance. Feather was a tough one to get a handle on. She was the character I felt like I knew the least. Her personality always felt contradictory. For awhile I would feel like I had a good handle on who she was and then she would change and I felt discombobulated. The novel ignites perfectly captures the people and traditions of Mexico. I could feel the baked earth beneath my feet. I could smell the foods cooking. Mackenzie does well with description. There was a lot I enjoyed about the book and a few things I felt could of been done better. I’m granting it 4 stars
Myrtis Mixon More than 1 year ago
Fling: That's what it is... a fast-paced flight to some of my favorite places. As a traveler (80 countries so far), I enjoy the details MacKenzie includes, especially in Mexico. She takes us on a whimsical inter-generational trip to Mexico, Scotland, San Francisco and Canada with artist/teacher Feather and her wildly-quixotic 90-year-old mother, Bubbles. Then enter the mystical world of the indigenous Mexican people when they adore Bubbles as their long-absent goddess. That is when the real magic starts and Feather gets to know more long-lost relatives. I won't tell you more...
AllThingsAudry More than 1 year ago
Fling takes the reader on a magical journey from Scotland to Canada to Mexico. One part fictional memoir encompassing nearly a decade of living, one part portrait of a strained yet matured mother-daughter relationship and one part fantasy, Fling is anything but your mundane read! With rich characters and vibrant settings, Fling focuses on the lives of Feather and her mother, Bubbles as they travel to Mexico to reclaim the ashes of Bubbles' long deceased mother. As the story progresses, we learn of the trials and tribulations of Bubbles' last ninety years, how she once left her daughter, Feather, behind just as Bubbles' own mother once left her and how these three generations of woman are actually all named Heather, despite the nicknames they eventually chose to reflect their individual personalities. Magical realism dominates much of the last third of the book. At times, it feels as if Feather and Bubbles have followed "Alice" down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Except, in this story, Wonderland is rural and impoverished Mexico and it exists on a parallel plane where death is merely another state of living. If you aren't able to take an adventurous vacation this year, Fling is the next best alternative. You won't soon forget Bubbles whose effervescent name matches her buoyant ability to never act nor succumb to her advanced age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think most people will enjoy Fling! by Lily Iona Mackenzie because of the character of Bubbles, a 90-year-old who refuses to act her age. Bubbles wants life in all its richness-sex, food, travel. She is still hungry and doesn't see why she should consider her plate full. The relationship between Bubbles and her hippie daughter Feather is also appealing. In many ways, these women have a typical mom-daughter relationship, but their quirkiness is all their own. When the two visit Mexico City to pick up the ashes of Bubbles' long-dead mother, the story gets even zanier when Bubble's dead mom and grandparents all make real-life appearances. A fun and unique summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a pleasure to recommend Lily Iona MacKezie's first novel! "Fling!" is a delightfully comic romp, from Calgary, to Portree on the Isle of Skye, to Mexico City and beyond. And like all genuine comedy it wears its seriousness lightly. Feather, a middle aging hippie from San Francisco, has decided to accompany her mother, 90-year-old Bubbles from Calgary to Mexico City, where (Bubbles thinks) her mother's ashes are waiting to be picked up. One of MacKenzie's gifts is her ability to make what seems to be unbelievable fantasy completely believable—a ninety-year-old retrieving HER mother's ashes? And that isn't the only family connection that gets magically resurrected in the land where the dead are never dead. Perhaps the most delightful single feature of "Fling!" is MacKenzie's quite astonishing gift for making Bubbles' undying vitality—something close to an immortal zest for life—live on in you after you finish the book. With her remarkable ear for the dips and turns and weavings of American (and Canadian) colloquial speech, Lily Iona MacKenzie has written a book that heralds that start of a brilliant career.
jessiev More than 1 year ago
Fling!, the new novel from writer and educator Lily Iona Mackenzie, is set in many countries. It’s at once a glimpse into new, interesting characters - and new, interesting worlds. It’s a saga that spans time, all at once. It’s color, and cold; light, and dark; memory, and forgetfulness; mothers, daughters, granddaughters; culture, and chaos. I love it. Let me tell you why: I felt completely involved in the characters, family, and storyline. I rooted for some characters, felt puzzled at others, and felt champagne-like joy at the appearance of Annie (whom I just love). Fling! also covers the trickiness of mother/daughter relationships, and getting older. And, most importantly, Fling! offers the magic of possibility. That is pretty heady writing (and reading), and is what makes MacKenzie’s book a treasure to delve into deeply – and emerge happy, with a magical world in your memory. Highly recommended.