The Coloring Scroll

The Coloring Scroll

by Arliss Ryan


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ISBN-13: 9781518603952
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/22/2015
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Arliss Ryan is the author of four previous novels, as well as short stories and essays in literary journals and magazines. A native of Michigan, she now resides with her husband in St. Augustine, FL. Visit her website at

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judithkwhite More than 1 year ago
Author Arliss Ryan’s fifth book was actually the first book she wrote and I’m sure her followers are pleased it has finally been published. The initial feel of the story is claustrophobic. A three-generation family of six living in cramped quarters above the parents’ grocery store. Secret hideouts where the narrator and middle child, D.S. curls up for long periods to both dream, plot and eavesdrop. D.S’s introverted personality and insecurities. The ongoing competition bordering on hatred between D.S. and his attractive, extraverted and manipulative younger brother, Critter. The fear of never being able to escape. Eventually, D.S., Critter, and their brilliant older sister, Emily Grace, find their way in the larger world. This reader who also grew up in the Midwest in a large, complex family, identified with their individual journeys, feared for them along the way and rejoiced at their small and large triumphs. Through their childhood, the one endeavor the children shared was coloring together a scroll which when fully opened reached from one wall of their home to the other. The pre-drawn sketches represented the outer world to them, enticed them, encouraged discussion among them, and helped form their individual visions for their future. The author uses the scroll to great effect referring back to it often even in the later chapters. Congratulations, Arliss Ryan. A delight! * * * * Judith K. White, author, Amsterdam Trilogy