The Fourth Wall by Elizabeth Maria Naranjo is part fantasy, part cold reality. With a knack for descriptive, vivid storytelling, the author brings the reader into the story as it unfolds for the main character, Marin, and interlaces with fantasy. The story begins in the tone of descriptive poetry when we first witness one of Marin’s lucid dreams and deftly recaptures that tone with the lucid dream which unfolds as Marin’s very real story unfolds.
As a way to cope after losing her mother in a car crash, Marin has latched on to this ability which her mother told her she had when she was just a small child and uses it as a way to cope, creating a world reminiscent of the land of the Hobbits and even friends with names that sound like ones you might encounter in one of the Hobbit books – namely her friend Banda the cougar.
The author uses characters in the story to introduce us to the very real concept of the fourth wall – an imaginary wall that separates actors in a staged production from their audience. This is an apt description of the way the main character feels- invisibly separated from but interacting with – almost dependent upon – the people around her.
It’s this image of the fourth wall that is used to bring the reader full circle through the story to the truth Marin must face.
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction
Publisher: WiDo Publishing (June 10, 2014)
Twitter hashtag: #FourthWall
The Fourth Wall is available as an e-book and paperback at Amazon.