Book Review: Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden by Jorja DuPont Oliva

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Book Review: Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden by Jorja DuPont Oliva

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chasing butterfliesMagic inthe Power of Friendship

Chasing Butterflies in the Magical Garden, by Jorja DuPont Oliva is a narrative about life’s disappointments and losses, and about the power of friendship and love to heal. It is a unique and at times enchanting look at the friendship between two women that alternates between realism and a kind of fairytale/magical realism that some readers may have difficulty getting used to. This is not a plot filled with twists and turns and surprises – but it is a charming look at a small town in the south and about howa heartbroken young woman named Lizzie learns to recover her strength through connections with others and with the world around her.

Ms. Oliva’s writing style is deceptively simple but contains a great deal of wisdom, especially about the expectations placed upon young women and about the healing power of connection. You will not find in-depth…

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