Sketches of Life

Fiction - Drama
521 Pages
Reviewed on 05/25/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Sketches of Life is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama and historical sub-genres penned by author A. Gavazzoni. Written for mature readers due to the presence of sexual situations, this intricate drama follows the life of Lily, a young woman with mixed heritage between French and American roots. In the middle of the Second World War, Lily must move to her father’s American homeland when France surrenders to Germany, taking her poor dependent mother with her. Our second protagonist, Ninon, lives a very different life and seems to have lost all faith until an incredible opportunity is presented to lift her out of her current situation.

Exploring themes such as duty, passion and the pursuance of one’s dreams, the protagonists of this tale are young women who find themselves in the midst of one of the world’s most trying times. As the pressure of war fills everyone with dread, Lily and Ninon emerge as relatable heroines still striving for something bigger for themselves, taking the opportunities to survive that life gives them. Author A. Gavazzoni has crafted an ideal balance between the close narration of the emotive, character-led drama and the wider backdrop of a war-torn world and its many sociocultural struggles. The plot contains plenty of ups and downs, but usually in ways that you would not expect from a WW2 novel, delivering a personalized tale of struggle and triumph amid adverse circumstances. Overall, I would highly recommend Sketches of Life to readers seeking something new and truly unique.

Risah Salazar

Lily Campbell's family is falling apart. Her older sister, Adele, was kidnapped by a Nazi captain. Her father, afraid of putting them in more danger, sends her and her mother to America while he stayed in France to look for Adele. To say that life in America had been tough for Lily is an understatement. She was forced to adapt and grow up quickly, instead of enjoying her teenage years. Ninon, on the other hand, is a dancer in a French cabaret. For some reason, she has been recruited by a patron to be a special agent. After months of rigorous training, she becomes an adept sniper and begins to work on secret missions. With the setting of the Second World War, Sketches of Life by A. Gavazzoni will make you cry, fall in love, and never give up on life.

This is a story of love and survival and an emotionally heavy one at that. The book alternates between Lily's and Ninon's points of view. With this kind of approach, we get to know and relate to the two protagonists on a deeper level. Looking back, it was a good story and the revelation at the end was jaw-dropping. The romance was not forced, although some scenes were a bit exaggerated. The narrative was developed well and the pacing was just right. This is such a feminist book and I love how A. Gavazonni created the characters of Lily and Ninon. They were both strong and versatile amidst adversities. Trigger warnings include cancer, dementia, violence, mental health stigma, cheating, and suicide.