Oct 30, 2018

Freefall: Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzie, book tour

Freefall: A Divine Comedy

Freefall:A Divine Comedy by Lily Iona MacKenzie, January 1, 2019, Pen-L Publishing

The novel introduces Tillie Bloom, a wacky installation artist, who reconnects with three former friends—women she had hung out with in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s—in a four-day reunion at Whistler, B.C. The new intimacy they experience prompts them to celebrate their approaching sixtieth birthdays together, as well as the millennium, in Venice, Italy, (publisher)

This is a sentimental reunion of four friends in B.C., Canada and then on to Venice, prompting the title of the book, A Divine Comedy. We learn about the Toronto art underground, the semi-bohemian life, and their friendships since the 1950s. They revisit their youth in this reunion, and call themselves the Muskrateers in Venice, with only Tillie's mom's illness and looming death adding a damper to the atmosphere.

A book about friendship despite hardships in their lives along the way. The novel reads like a story close to the author, as if many of these events are based on her own experiences. Well worth reading. 

About the author, Lily Iona MacKenzieFreefall: 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.

Thanks to Premier Virtual Author Book Tours  and the author for a review copy of this book.
For other reviews, visit the Freefall Book Tour now underway. 

Submitted to the 12th Annual Canadian Book Challenge. 


  1. Harvee, I'm glad you enjoyed this novel. You can link it to Melwyk's Canadian reading challenge on The Indextrious Reader.

  2. Suko, thanks for the reminder. I just added the review to the October listing!

  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed 'Freefall"!

  4. I'm hoping you can post this review of FREEFALL to the following sites:



    Many thanks for your review!
    Lily Iona Mackenzie


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