Tuesday, 2 April 2019
This is the story of one person from their birth. However the twist is that it is told in two timelines - one where they are born Louis and one where they are born Louise.
I wanted to read this book as I was intrigued to see it spelt out how different a life would be whether you were born a boy or a girl. I don't want to spoil how things turn out for each of the genders, but in general I found that apart from some obvious of the time stereotypes imposed on them, their lives worked out pretty well all in all. I did think that there are from a woman's perspective so many other ways in which you can be discriminated against in life - even today, that weren't touched upon. This in fact led me to think the book was written by a man - as I just began the book without a thought to the gender of the author.
I'll admit to getting a little confused at times about which person we were reading about. It was usually just before the storyline switched - it only last a moment as I had to mentally switch to the other storyline.
What I wasn't prepared for was the absolutely beautiful writing - it felt like a warm hug wrapped around you. I also had a couple of misty eyed tissue moments at some of the key relationship moments. I really wanted to finish the book and did so in a day, but at the same time I didn't want this voice to end - I really liked it and want to read more by this author.
There are comparisons of this book mechanism with Sliding Doors - I can see that but really this is a much deeper experience and one you shouldn't miss.
I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. My thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
Monday, 11 March 2019
I'm so pleased to be part of the book tour today for A Letter from Sarah by Dan Proops.
Adam's sister, Sarah, has been missing for seven years, but he hasn't given up hope of finding her. He is a sculptor and lives with his bedridden father who is a bully and a curmudgeon.
One morning, as the anniversary of Sarah's disappearance nears, Adam receives a letter from her and she is apparently alive and well, living in New York. Adam travels to Brooklyn to search for Sarah as he's desperate to see her, but she seems determined to avoid him.
Sarah's letters arrive weekly, but she continues to remain elusive. Adam is perplexed by Sarah's requests for secrecy, as is his father and his girlfriend, Cassandra.
He is determined to find her, whatever the cost to his wellbeing, health and sanity....
I don't recall ever having read a book like this before - the writing style is very unique almost like you are not reading something happening in the real world. It's hauntingly beautiful in many ways but equally disturbing in places too.
Adam's sister disappeared seven years ago and yet he has now begun to receive letters from her in New York, with no return address. Despite this Adam decides to visit New York to find her.
At several points in the book I began to question whether what I was reading was actually happening, or was it all in the imagination of Adam? I began to get a little ansty with the events as they happened and I got an uneasy feeling. This of course was all down to the brilliant writing - as I said it is not like anything you've read before so just go with it.
One character whom I despised throughout the book and has not been redeemed on post analysis is Nigel. He really took the biscuit as a character and I found myself tutting when his latest antic landed on the page. I'm still wondering now whether I got the true measure of him could he be that awful?
When you near the end of the book I think you will realise why the book has the tone it does. I am now revisiting parts of the book in my mind - realising why they were maybe written that way. Especially the poundshop gifts from Mr and Mrs Smith!
I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. My thanks to Love Books Group Tours for an advance review copy of the book.
You can buy the book by following this link https://amzn.to/2CG4DZu
Dan Proops has been a full time writer for six years and has completed four novels and a memoir. Previous to this he was a professional artist, organising a one man show at the age of fourteen. He has had many exhibitions over a long career and his artwork was purchased by internationally acclaimed art dealer, Eric Franck. His artwork appeared frequently in the national press and his painting was featured in Image of the Week in the Times. One of his exhibitions was previewed in the Telegraph by columnist Colin Gleadell.
Dan is a Twitter influencer and has a following of 22,000; last year 1.2 million people read his tweets, and he currently attends the advanced writing class at Morley College, run by the renowned radio four dramatist Mike Walker. Dan Proops is also the grandson of legendary advice columnist, Marjorie Proops. He lives and works in London.