Book: Fling! by Lily Iona MacKenziecategories: Book, Humor, Contemporary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women, Magical Realism
Lily Iona MacKenzieabout this book: Go on a "Fling!" to Mystical Mexico!
Fling! features 57 year-old Feather and her 90 year-old mother Bubbles. They travel from Canada to Mexico, after Bubbles receives a letter from Mexico City asking her to pick up her mother's ashes, lost there seventy years earlier and only now surfacing. A woman with a mission, Bubbles convinces her hippie daughter Feather to accompany her on the quest. Both women have recently shed husbands and have a secondary agenda: they'd like a little action. And they get it.
Lewis Buzbee, who teaches creative writing in the University of San Francisco's MFA in writing program and has published several volumes of fiction and non-fiction, says:
"Fling is both hilarious and touching, the madcap journey of an aging mother and her adult daughter from cold Protestant Canada into the hallucinogenic heart of Mexico's magic, where the past literally comes to life. Every page is a surprise, and 'Bubbles' is one of the most endearing mothers in recent fiction. A scintillating read."
Fling! began because I was curious about my mother's mother, someone I had never met. Early in the 20th C, my grandfather, a former Scottish schoolmaster in Scotland's highlands, immigrated to Calgary, Canada, hoping to find a better life there for himself and his family. Meanwhile, WWI broke out, and his wife and five kids couldn't join him for seven years. When they did, my grandmother couldn't adjust to the brutal winters or to her husband. After being there a year, she moved out, refusing to put up with my grandpa's verbal and physical abuse, and became a housekeeper for a wealthy family. The story is that her boss became her lover and took her to Mexico with him. She never returned and died there. I wanted to try and recreate what life might have been like for her once she left Canada, and that then brought in a number of other characters that inhabit the novel
I hope you'll take a fling with me, Bubbles, and Feather, including all of us in your travels. We won't disappoint you!
• 5.0 out of 5 stars - A coming of age no matter your age
"Fling is a brilliant entangled story of one woman's need to be wanted by a man and another women's need to be free from the restraints of the male dominate world around her. The book has a strong hold in Aztec and Celtic roots with wonderful Mexican history." — by reviewsbybrandy
• 5.0 out of 5 stars - Charming multi-generational tale"
"What fun! I haven't read many books that feature magical realism, and this story was a marvelous introduction to that style." — by Rhonda Strong Gilmour
• 5.0 out of 5 stars - A middled-aged, hippy divorcée and her 90 year-old mother who needs "to be on a leash"
"Iona Mackenzie does a masterful job combining magical realism, romance, humor and irony, as she tells the picaresque story of an elderly mother named Bubbles, and her middle-aged daughter, Feather. What starts out as a trip to Mexico for the purpose of collecting Bubbles' mother's ashes, turns into a hedonistic pursuit of happiness." — by Robin Gregory
• 5.0 out of 5 stars - Making the best out of a situation really is the best of ...
"Fling! Is one very entertaining book full of adventure of the human spirit. It stretches the bonds of imagination beyond the walls of life and death." — by Amazon Customer
• 5.0 out of 5 stars - A thoroughly enjoyable read!
"What a romp of a book! How can you resist a novel with prose like this?" — by Roberta Seifert
• 5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
"Absolutely loved this book! Just enchanting, with surprises up to the last page. Highly recommended." — by N. Weinfeldon
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