Book Review: Freefall: A Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzie


Freefall: Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzie

Freefall: Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzie

Publisher:  Pen-L Publishing (Oct 1, 2018)
Category: Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2018
Available in print & ebook, 255


During a four-day reunion in Whistler, B.C., Tillie Bloom, a wacky installation artist, reconnects with three women she had hung out with in the late ’50s and early ’60s. While in Whistler, secrets surface and a near death experience occurs during a hike, both of which bind the women at a deeper level.

Their new intimacy prompts them to celebrate the millennium as well as their approaching sixtieth birthdays in Italy. So a few weeks later, Tillie travels to Venice to have an extended reunion with her friends. While the women assume they’re in Venice to vacation and deepen their relationships, Tillie has a hidden agenda: she intends to crash the Venice Biennale, hoping to find a larger audience for her art. Cupid’s arrows complicate her goals when she and an Italian priest fall for each other.

The reflective quality of Venice’s canals also create unexpected changes in the women, causing them to turn inward. They all end up with a fresh take on themselves and their lives. Tillie, in particular, experiences a deeper understanding of herself. But will it take her on a path she’s ready to travel, and will Venice finally give her the recognition she seeks as an artist?


Advance Praise 

“Hilarious, spiritual, and sensual, Freefall: A Divine Comedy takes you on a rollicking ride spanning three countries and four decades. These fascinating characters will fill your imagination, defying expectations about aging, art, and what truly matters in life.” —Laurie Ann Doyle, author of World Gone Missing

“This is an enchanting story about old friends reuniting as they struggle with thoughts on aging, religion, motherhood, men, art, and death. A delightful trip in every respect, with plenty of surprises and laughs along the way. A Divine Comedy, indeed!” —Mark Willen, author of Hawke’s Point and Hawke’s Return



Guest Review by Sal

This is a story of 4 former friends who reconnect at a four day reunion in Whistler B.C.  They originally knew each other in the 50’s and 60’s.  They are all approaching their 60th birthdays and decided to celebrate together in Venice, Italy.

While in Italy, the women discover how much their lives really diverge from each other yet they also share a past and secrets that bond them even closer.  We also discover, not everyone is there for the same reason.  The main character, Tillie is a unique installation artist plans to crash an art extravaganza in order to promote her art. 

During the trip all 4 women reflect on their lives and past loves.  ‘Freefall’ is a rollicking journey with much depth.  There are a lot of laugh out loud moments, poking fun at life.  I also shed many tears while reading it.  Lily Iona MacKenzie has really captured the essence of life, friendship, and love.  Her characters come to life and kidnap the reader into their lives.  I highly recommend ‘Freefall’ for all literary fiction readers!  I give it 5 stars.



About the AuthorFreefall: Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzie

A Canadian by birth, Lily Iona MacKenzie has published reviews, interviews, short fiction, poetry, travel pieces, essays, and memoir in over 155 venues. Her poetry collection All This was published in 2011. Fling!, her debut novel, was published in July 2015. Curva Peligrosa, another novel, was released in September 2017.

Currently, she teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco’s Fromm Institute of Lifelong Learning. She also blogs about writing and reading.



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One thought on “Book Review: Freefall: A Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzie

  1. teddyrose1 October 10, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    I’m so glad Sal enjoyed ‘Freefall’! Thanks again for hosting.

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