The Gift of Olivia: a novel

Dr. Emily Norton believes the practice of medicine is all about science and hard work. There’s no room in her world for supernatural nonsense. But Emily is about to receive a mysterious amulet that may be wickedly capable of exactly such nonsense. The more Emily resists the amulet’s legend, the more her life becomes a train wreck. On the verge of losing everything, Emily will have to dig deep into the past in the hopes of freeing herself from the amulet’s power.

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  1. Alexander

    When I started reading The Gift of Olivia, I thought it would be a lighthearted, funny, self-deprecating novel about a young female doctor in the Baltimore gay community. And it was that, but so much more. If somebody were to ask me what type of book this was, I would have to struggle for an answer. A tragedy? A joyful one at that? A novel that approaches most major topics, from surviving cancer, to religion, to being discriminated against in a still ugly world, to being abandoned in love, to magic, to death and skeletons? Yet a tragedy that ends well, and has no true villains except for Joseph Mosca. I like that the novel is written in the present tense—it adds immediacy to the story, and it is not easy to do, even though it might seem easy. I was in Emily’s head, the main protagonist, from the beginning to the end, rooting for her, suffering with her, and often almost shedding a tear for her. I liked the dialogue and the author’s mastery of the language, both literary and slang, and the ability to mix the two to great effect. I liked the many similes (fun, illustrative and original) and the descriptions. It was easy to read, a book well written—a joy.


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