Beginning with Cannonballs by Jill McCroskey Coupe tells the story of two childhood friends growing up together. Divisions of race, class, and ideology deign to keep Hanna and Gail apart, but they keep finding their way back to one another. Across the expanse of time, the two main characters fight to both reunite and divide themselves as they grow from girls into women with husbands and children of their own. Each finds out things about one another, their parents, and their own children as they live and learn together.
While the issues that the book take on are important, Coupe’s handling of the content often comes off as stilted. Events take on a sort of sugarcoated veneer that makes even the more horrific happenings in the book seem ineffectual. A well-intentioned book with important issues to contend with, Beginning With Cannonballs simply falls short in its delivery.
Slated for release by She Writes Press in May of 2020, you can preorder a copy of Beginning with Cannonballs by Jill McCroskey Coupe at your local independent bookstore.
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FTC Disclaimer: This book was given to me in return for a fair and honest review of the text.