What Could Be Saved

Liese O’Halloran Schwarz’s novel juggles a complex story and structure, creating believable characters in its portrait of a family shattered by loss.

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Review of ‘What Could Be Saved’

At the heart of family novels there’s often a secret, and how that secret plays out in family dynamics forms the heart of the story. Liese O’Halloran Schwarz’s third novel is no exception, with several secrets reverberating from the past.

As the novel opens, 54-year-old Laura Preston is treading water. Her art plateaued years ago,…

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