In Annie Dreaming, how is Carley Eason Evans able to create a complicated plot involving many characters from across several generations and still manage to keep all those balls in the air at the same time? Hard to say, but she manages it like a true word charlatan.
The character who most engaged me was Rick–in all three of his time segments–as Charlie’s big brother, as the Viet Nam prisoner of war and as the returning warrior struggling to find peace and a future after the terror of torture. All those sequences were especially gripping. As soon as Rick had been captured I dreaded the possibility of scenes in which he would be tortured, but when those scenes inevitably came I found they were told in a manner that made the horror of the events bearable. Thanks for that.
Evans floats new characters in and out of her tale…
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