thirstyReviewed by Claudia R.

Klara Bozic’s knight in shining armor, Drago, appears on the doorstep of her father’s farmhouse in Croatia. He promises love, a future and a new life. Far, far away, in ‘Ameriku’. For the first time, Klara feels hope; hope, that Klara soon realizes is false and cruel.

It is 1883 and Klara and Drago are residents of Thirsty, Pennsylvania, a steel mining town carved from dirt, death, heartbreak and soot. To make matters even more lamentable, Klara soon discovers her handsome husband is no prince, but a hard and cruel man, as abusive as her father. In a new country, alone and in unfamiliar territory, the reader is entrusted with Klara’s innermost fears, desires, needs and dreams through 40 years of her life. With moxie, spine and unconstrained spunk, Kristin details an extraordinary tale of unconventional friendships, tested sanity and instinctual survival and it’s power to effect even the simplest of choices.

Magical, powerful and beautiful, Thirsty provides a tale of amazing fortitude and determination behind the desire of one woman determined to provide a better future for her children and break the cycle of despair and destruction. Each page sweeps the reader away with it’s cadence, courage and miracles. Just when things seem like they can’t possibly get worse, they do, and yet, just when it seems there shouldn’t be any hope left, there is.

Butterflies, hiccups, exotic birds, a town drunk and a wise old black man combined with pumpkin patches, self-reliance, love and friendship, weave an intoxicating and exhilarating story. Together with Klara and company, the reader is taken on a journey of immeasurable loss, profound despair, and unspeakable suffering that is expertly and elegantly blended with exquisite passion, ferocious intrepidity and transcendental conviction. Spiritual, sensual, vivid and emotional, Thirsty delivers a feisty compilation of life and all it’s challenges and wonder. A must read, for sure, and one sure to be passed on as a ‘you have to read this!’ novel amongst a circle of friends.

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Claudia lives on Cape Cod with her husband and two children. She entertains her passion for reading in between providing services to help empower and improve the lives of low-income residents.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.