Thoughtful and deeply moving, Apron Strings is the debut novel from author Mary Morony. A tale told through the eyes of Sallee and the answers she solicits from Ethel, Morony delivers a masterful narrative that is both beguiling and flawlessly executed. With a meticulous ear for dialogue Morony’s diction is simply exquisite, effortlessly capturing the cultural identities of her leading characters in flowing prose. It’s an absolute joy to read and without the contrivance of undue complexity quickly draws readers to its thematic undertones. There is real depth to be found here and because it is narrated from a child’s perspective allows a gradual evolution of thought with readers readily relating to the turmoil of Sallee’s rapidly changing life. Evocative and tender, Morony leans towards an intuitive interpretation of right and wrong and it would be a hard heart that didn’t find the morality in her tale.
For readers who appreciate finer literature Apron Strings is an elegantly wrapped gift that delights. Boding well for future releases from Mary Morony, it is recommended without reservation!