Red Dress, Nov 2002, 12.95
Casey Evers seems to have it all. She just received her law degree and landed a job with highly regarded Billings, Sherman and Lott. She is seeing one person, a nice attorney. However, with her future looking bright, Casey is unhappy, but not sure why. She wonders if it is the job that feels like jail sentence, her parents' imminent break-up, or her boyfriend's toiling seemingly twenty-four hours day.
Casey and her two friends from the University of Michigan, Kat and Lindsey travel to Rome and the Greek isles on a three-week vacation. In Rome, Casey feels estranged from her two pals unable to tell them about her concerns. Further separating her from her two friends is that Casey meets a nice Italian in Rome and another male in Greece. What will Casey do when the vacation ends and the rest of her life begins?
BURNING THE MAP is an interesting character study, done in the “chic” mode. The story line mostly focuses on the lead protagonist especially her doubts, but also provides insight into her friends, boyfriend, and parents at least from Casey's perspective. Genre fans will empathize with Laura Caldwell's intriguing look at a young lady at the threshold of adult decisions and responsibilities.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner