Wednesday, February 13, 2013

iUniverse joins with Blueink in praising Malta Remembered by Margaret Dexter

Source: iUniverse Blog

iUniverse badged “Malta Remembered” by Margaret Dexter as a Editors Choice book. Now that has been confirmed by Blueink Review who have given the book one of its much sought after red stars in its recent review.

This is what Blueink said:

“Margaret Dexter’s memoir of a year spent living in Malta is both a fond family history and globetrotting travelogue.

In 1963, husband Stillman’s business was booming and he decided the family should live in England for a year. They leased their Santa Barbara home and dove into the experience hungrily, arriving in time to see The Beatles before they were household names. Returning home, they found the business bankrupt and their own prospects grim. To rebuild a nest egg, Stillman took work that placed him in Libya. The separation from his family was too much to endure, so wife, kids and two poodles moved to Malta, which enabled frequent visits. They once again settled in and were loving life when the political climate in Libya forced the family to move yet again. Ever resilient, they packed up and made landfall (eventually) in Connecticut.

Dexter is an assured writer who is selective in choosing her anecdotes and curates them well. Her depictions of travel by train and ocean liner reveal the grit and glamour of both.

The author also captures her family’s quirky personalities neatly on the page. While living abroad, the family is used to being treated with friendly curiosity by neighbors. But when they settle in Connecticut, nobody seems curious about their time in Malta, and Dexter’s choice to bring home their right-hand drive Renault only makes things worse. “The wariness toward new people in their midst made us more than aware that we were those strangers with the weird car—and if Georg (the family’s standard poodle) sat beside me he appeared to be driving.”

By the time Stillman passes away from Parkinson’s disease, we know the family so well it feels like losing a friend.

Malta Remembered is a portrait of a place that is no more (the island nation has since joined the European Union), and a striking portrayal of a loving, close-knit family.

Highly recommended for fans of M.F.K. Fisher”

Published by iUniverse, 224 pages, (paperback) $18.95, 9780595453573

(Reviewed: January, 2013)

About the author

The author, Margaret Dexter has been writing since she was a child, starting with an illustrated, hand-written newsletter which she distributed in her locality of Indianapolis, Indiana. Subsequently as a freelance journalist/photographer, she has continued to focus on the cheerier parts of life. She now lives in Connecticut, and her next literary offering is a volume of short stories and essays which she is currently compiling.

In conclusion, iUniverse picked up on the recommendation to M.F.K Fisher fans. Fisher was one of the preeminent American food writers of the 20th century, who no less than the much revered W. H. Auden once remarked:

“I do not know of anyone in the United States who writes better prose.”

iUniverse believes there can be no better reference than that for “Malta Remembered” by self-published author Margaret Dexter!


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