ARC REVIEW: The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot

38581969Title: The Art of Taxidermy
Author: Sharon Kernot
Genre: Poetry
Release Date: August 29, 2019
Publisher: Text Publishing
Rating: ★★★
Spoilers?: No
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Lottie collects dead creatures and lovingly cares for them, hoping to preserve them, to save them from disintegration. Her father understands—Lottie has a scientific mind, he thinks. Her aunt wants it to stop, and she goes to cruel lengths to make sure it does.

And her mother? Lottie’s mother died long ago. And Lottie is searching for a way to be close to her.

The Art of Taxidermy is a heartbreaking verse novel exploring love and death, grief and beauty, and the ways we try to make sense of it all.

The Art of Taxidermy is a novel written in free verse about grief and loss and death, and its depiction of these topics is so raw and honest. There’s a lot of morbidity in this book–how could there not be when it’s about amateur taxidermy?–but ultimately it offers optimism and healing and the idea that life can come from death, in a way. The Art of Taxidermy is real and beautifully written.

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