Neat Little Packages

Neat Little Packages

by Maria Troia

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BN ID: 2940014640152
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 06/20/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 273
File size: 879 KB

About the Author

Maria Troia has a lifelong love of writing and exploring the human condition. She also has a deep interest in spirituality, healing, and the body-mind connection, which led her to become a nationally certified massage and bodywork therapist. She wrote Neat Little Packages in her longtime home of Smithtown, Long Island, where she also taught creative writing classes. Maria now owns a holistic healing center in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is completing her master’s degree in acupuncture. Maria’s poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Italian Americana, Voices in Italian Americana, Borderlands, Capper’s and The Raintown Review. Neat Little Packages is her debut novel. She is currently working on her second novel.

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Neat Little Packages 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
clahain1 More than 1 year ago
NEAT LITTLE PACKAGES centers on Meg, a nurse in Arizona. Finding herself pregnant after years of struggling with infertility, she barely has time to tell her husband the good news before a tragedy forces  them to travel to Colorado where she comes face to face with her semi-estranged brother and some of the friends they grew up with. The meeting leaves Meg reeling and triggers a series of events which challenge everything she believes about herself, her marriage, and her family. Religion--or religious reconciliation--is one of the central themes of the novel. Meg and other main characters struggle to find that place where faith and real life can co-exist. Between this, Meg's struggles to become a mother, and the complicated relationships among the characters, Troia takes on a lot. There are places where the book becomes a bit weighty. At the same time, the finely drawn emotional landscape is compelling and keeps the reader invested.  The author has a keen eye for detail--both in the small actions of her characters as they negotiate their angst-filled days and in the particulars of the stunning environments that provide the novel's backdrop. Colorado and Arizona are both beautifully rendered. Ireland--where Meg's brother seeks to resolve his most pressing personal issues--is somewhat less convincing. There's an overabundance of stock Irish  charm, and it comes off a wee bit thin when compared to the stark realism of the rest of the book.  Taken as a whole, I found this novel rich and satisfying. Kind of like enjoying a heavy meal on a cold winter's night. Highly recommended. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful landscapes. Beautiful characters!