Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2021
This is such an unusual book, and difficult to describe in a way that does it justice. The whole is so much more than the sum of its parts. The novel is written primarily from the interior perspective of the characters. Technically, the book is written with a first person omniscient narrator, the in utero voice of the baby the main character is carrying. I sometimes forgot that, though, because of the way the author presents the painful depths of each character's internal struggles. At times, my heart soared with the allusions to poetry and the beauty of the natural world. Most of the time, though, my heart clenched for each of the characters, who clashed with each other and then expended tremendous emotional capital in reflection about the choices they'd made.

By the end of the story, there was so much friction that sparks were flying, and I had to clutch myself to keep from feeling unmoored. The author is sympathetic to the flaws of his characters, but it's clear that they're careening towards an explosive collision that no one can stop. It's breathtaking, jarring, and leaves no one unscathed, including the reader.

What's most remarkable is that this is the author's debut novel.
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