I turned both 30 and old this year. Along with other nostalgia, I’ve also suddenly rediscovered a love of books. Like of the paper and glue variety, not the Kindle variety.
Fittingly therefore, this week’s #culture is a book review. Lianne Moriarty is one of those authors who is just so damn easy to read, but she doesn’t crimp on character or plot, and once you’ve read one of her works, you’ll want to binge on the rest! xx afterworky.
– Review by the effervescent Keight, one of the smartest humans I know.
A group of children start school in a relatively exclusive suburb of Sydney. Those children do not stand alone, they are accompanied by baggage – their parents and families, with their history, relationships and drama. We follow those relationships, some of which stretch back years, and some of which are formed on that first day of school.
The book was absolutely riveting, and consumed almost in a single sitting. The structure of the book, referring to an event that had occurred, but which was not detailed, and following the lead up to the event was focused, and added to the narrative tension.
A comment on the book could not miss a discussion of the key issue of domestic violence. The denial and the justification by the woman involved is painful but no doubt realistic. Her struggles to acknowledge the issue, and to seek help, despite previously being incredibly successful , and with access to incredible funds provides a difference perspective on who can be affected by domestic violence.
The book was much wider than a simple condemnation of one man who hits his wife, or the woman that he hurt. It is also a comment on the challenges of being a mother (or father) watching your child start school, and the close (but not necessarily friendly!) relationships formed with other parents.
It is about the judgements we make about other people, and how that influences our actions. It is about the consequences of accusations, and the complexity of relationships, where being right does not always win.
A powerful, confronting, but yet warm, and at times, funny look at both the beauty and horror of family.
You may have seen the TV show starring a horrifically skinny Nicole Kidman, and a super annoying Reese Witherspoon (she’s adorable though, isn’t she?), but we’d recommend reading the original.
What are you reading at the moment? Comment below!