On Maggie’s Watch reviewed by Mary E. Latela, September 22, 2016
On Maggie’s Watch, Ann Garvin’s new novel, explores how a young woman who has lost her first baby tries to move on. She moves back to her home town, re-connects with her best friend, quits her stressful work to stay at home and slow down
At first I wondered how Maggie could run along so many detours, dangerous encounters, and not realize or want to admit that she has developed full-blown anxiety as a way of coping. Then I saw that she is a contemporary young woman, who doesn’t want to appear needy, even to her mother.
Maggie becomes immersed in the newly resurrected Neighborhood Watch, and becomes obsessed with safety and security, which translates into ever more dangerous risk-taking. I understand a little about uncertainty, and I wanted to tell Maggie to STOP, but she must find her own way. Ann Garvin weaves a masterfully crafted journey in which we hope Maggie will be transformed.
This is a must read for all women and it is warm, genuine, and a little dangerous. Perfect!
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