Today is my stop on the blog tour hosted by the wonderful The Write Reads for Clean Sweep by E.B. Lee! Thank you for providing me with a copy of this book and the promotional materials for this tour. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Title: Clean Sweep
Author: E.B. Lee
Publisher: Little Brown Dog Press
Publication Date: 20 July 2021
Genre: Literary Fiction
Number of Pages: 292 Pages
Carli Morris is looking forward to a quiet retirement. Earning billions from the sale of her Madison Avenue ad agency, she dreams of spending her golden years painting and giving back to society. But the heartbreaking discovery of a homeless woman poisoned to death on the streets of Manhattan reopens the wounds of Carli’s own tragic loss.
Realizing her busy career turned her away from the vulnerable, she throws herself on a mission to get the defenseless off the streets. But as she sacrifices her own needs to support others, her new colleague’s mental illness and Carli’s unresolved grief collide in a staggering sequence of events that will alter her life forever.
Can Carli dig deep and make a powerful, personal impact?
Clean Sweep is a dynamic literary novel. If you like moving revelations, gut-wrenching decisions, and life-affirming transformations, then you’ll love E. B. Lee’s enlightening tale.
Clean Sweep is a book that’s going to stay with me for a long time because it was very different from what I’m used to reading. It was full of memorable characters, and I found it to be quite eye opening.
At times, this book was a bit difficult to read because it deals with some heavy topics. Some of the heavy topics it deals with is homelessness, mental health, drug use, alcoholism, and death.
I enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book. I liked Carli and I enjoyed watching her connect with the community. I also liked a lot of the characters that she met, and I enjoyed learning about their lives. I also like and respect the work that Carli and the other volunteers are doing to help the community.
I also liked that there was a bit of a mystery running through the story. I liked reading about the characters putting the pieces together and trying to sort everything out.
This book could almost fall into the category of Christian fiction. The Church plays a role in the story and a lot of the outreach that Carli does is through Church sponsored programs. This book isn’t necessarily preachy, but Christianity does play a noticeable role in the story.
There’s something about this book that I can’t quite put my finger on that didn’t sit well with me. I think it might be that even though this book does shine a light on the homeless community and deals with some very heavy subject matter, it seemed like some of the problems were resolved too easily. I don’t quite know how to explain it, but there’s just something that didn’t sit well with me.
One final thing that I enjoyed about this book was the art. Carli is an artist and at times the author would talk about her paintings and drawings. I enjoyed these scenes and I would love to see Carli’s art.
E. B. Lee was raised in Weston, CT and enjoyed the best of a then-rural town and easy access to the high-energy world of New York City. She brings together elements of both in her debut work of literary fiction, Clean Sweep, a heartfelt story of human connection, tough choices, and compassion. Prior to writing, Ms. Lee was a flower farmer and worked in the environmental field. She earned a Masters Degree from Yale School of the Environment and undergraduate degree from Yale. E.B. Lee now writes in North Carolina and Connecticut.