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Making Olives and Other Family Secrets, by Darlene Madott

Longbridge Books
Publication Date: May 2008

Trade Paperback

ISBN: 978-0-9730581-8-5

English: 149 pages


When Darlene Madott casts her line, you can’t help but bite and allow her powerful writing to reel you in. Sometimes slowly, at first, but with a crescendo that keeps you hooked. She can strip the veneer of a simple life and plunge the reader into the depths of experience. She can connect the mind boggling death of stars to the lives of fragile human beings, and make the reader nod in understanding.  Reading Madott is an experience in itself.

Marisa de Franceschi, author of Surface Tension


[Madott’s writing], with its highly concentrated prose, and its quiet intensity, maintains the poise necessary for contemplation…

Philip Marchand, Toronto Star