The Story of my face by Kathy Page

About the book

A young girl grows up an outsider, then becomes drawn into the life of a local family with some curious beliefs. They treat her as a daughter and take her away with them to a religious holiday camp. It is here that she is introduced to the Finnish Envallist branch of Protestantism and here that events start to take a terrible turn.
Rejected by some of the sectarians for her non-commitment to their beliefs, Natalie creates a rift in the group which culminates in a climactic scene where she is gravely injured. Later, as an adult in Finland, she tries to make sense of what happened and to unlock the secret origins of Envallism itself.

Reviewed by Victoria Reading group:

A very mixed reception – from those who did not enjoy it and gave up reading after a few chapters to those who thoroughly enjoyed reading it and considered it a good read. However one member read it but found it so forgettable that the title and subject matter could not be recalled a week later!

Star rating: **

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2 thoughts on “The Story of my face by Kathy Page”

  1. Review by Literary Ladies Reading Group:
    Once again very mixed views from our group – one or two really liking it, others not. Several thought some of the characters were not believable and rather inconsistent.
    Star rating: **

  2. Review by Fawley/Holbury U3A Reading Group:
    Most of our group liked this and thought it was well written. They found the story interesting (if not altogether believable) and could empathise with the characters.
    Star rating: **

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