Fiction - Thriller

East of Everywhere

Category:Fiction - Thriller

Author:Susan Pogorzelski

  • Publisher: Brown Beagle Books
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2021
  • Number of Pages: 272
  • ISBN-10: 1737970708
  • ISBN-13: 1737970705

East of Everywhere by Susan Pogorzelski is a mesmerizing journey through the trials and triumphs of a young girl's quest for belonging and redemption in the aftermath of tragedy. Set against the backdrop of the mid-1950s, the novel follows 17-year-old Janie Emery as she faces homelessness and loss and embarks on the search for identity in the small town of Montours City. The story begins with Janie's desperate flight from a children's home, fueled by the hope of reuniting with her beloved brother Brayden. Pogorzelski crafts a spellbinding intersection between past and present, painting a vivid portrait of Janie's tumultuous upbringing and the scars of war and abandonment. Through Janie's eyes, readers are transported to a world where secrets lurk behind closed doors, and the promise of salvation lies beyond reach.

As Janie draws herself into the lives of the residents of Montour City, including the enigmatic Henry Mayhew and his mother Imogene, she discovers unexpected connections and a sense of belonging she thought she had lost forever. Pogorzelski's prose is measured and evocative, capturing Janie's inner turmoil and the quiet resilience that propels her forward. The pacing is deliberately measured, allowing for a deep exploration of Janie's character and the intricate web of relationships that shape her journey. From her budding friendship with the spirited Callie Webster to her poignant correspondence with her childhood friend Leo Wesley, Janie's interactions with those around her serve as catalysts for growth and reminders of the past she longs to escape. Pogorzelski infuses the story with a freshness and authenticity that will resonate with a broad audience. Janie's quest for redemption is as timeless as it is compelling, and her courage shines through her actions. East of Everywhere is a heartwarming story with emotionally rich moments; it features a richly drawn protagonist, a finely woven setting, and gorgeous writing. 

Reviewed By: Bertin Drizller

Reviewed Date: May 3, 2024

Category: Fiction - Thriller