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Blog Tour: IMPERSONATION by Heidi Pitlor

{๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ง๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—š๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†}

Thank you so much to Algonquin Books for inviting me to participate in the ๐˜๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ by Heidi Pitlor book tour and for sending me an advanced review copy and a finished copy. I wanted to give one of you the chance to win the ARC! Please visit my Instagram account to see giveaway terms and to enter.

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As an experienced ghostwriter, Allie Long excels at expressing the interior lives of her clients, but changes in her life as well as a new and challenging client, she experiences the pressure of being a poor, single-mother like never before. With years of being a shadow providing the voice of others, Allie has begun to lose her own at a time when she desperately needs it.

The novel takes place between 2016 and 2017, and expertly (if painfully) captures the zeitgeist of the election and early days of the Trump presidency. It also is imbued with the ramifications of the #metoo movement.

Many of Allieโ€™s concerns revolve around motherhood and its necessary compromises and how options collapse in lower income brackets. Allie and Lana are a study in oppositesโ€”appearance, style, background, class, career, and approach to motherhood. Their opportunities and ambitions are shaped by their priorities and constrained by means, but who gets to arbitrate what it means to be the better mother?

๐˜๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ hinges not on plot but on larger questions regarding values, relationships, and choices. The characters are difficult, frustrating, and often prickly, but can be endearing, and the situations they encounter will resonate highly with mothers of all kinds.

Pitlor writes beautifully and integrates a number of pressing social issues, and ๐˜๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ is a provocative and rewarding character-driven novel.

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