Maresi, by Maria Turtschaninoff

 Maresi, by Maria Turtschaninoff

Maresi, by Maria Turtschaninoff

From my Kirkus column about Maresi, by Maria Turtschaninoff:

Maresi is very much about the experience of being female in the world—it’s honest and forthright about the challenges, while also celebrating the strength and power of sisterhood. But under all of that is a question: Which accomplishes more, staying cloistered in an idyllic world of one’s own making, or working out in the larger world in order to make it a better place?

Turtschaninoff doesn’t ultimately make a judgement on that front—Maresi makes a choice for herself, but it’s clear that both options are necessary. We need safe places to learn, to heal, and to recharge—and then we need to take what we’ve learned out into the world.