is a book about the excruciating pain of grief and loss, about tragedy and its long-term impact, about family and love, solitude and loneliness, memory and so much more, yet for all its inherent sadness it's also full of moments of hope and happiness. There can be no easy way to end a book like this, in fact it could all have gone horribly wrong, but to my mind Lisa Moore achieved something quite beautiful and completely perfect in the final pages, the significance of which will not be lost on anyone who decides to read this one.
You might want to cry for Helen...well I did.
I realize, as I do all these review readings of this year's Booker longlist, that I am more inclined to read a book that deals with a personal journey of some sort: physical, psychological.The most affecting events in life are seldom the most dramatic. Therefore too much drama in a book is a big put off for me. But, to the credit of this year's judges, the listed books seem very interesting, unique and worth reading. I am glad I chose a good list to explore.
Is February on my reading list? You bet.