Rated 3 of 5 stars
Winman’s book is a thoughtful look at love and its complexity between people. We follow Ellis and Michael as they become inseparable friends as children and then dabble in their sexuality together. As they grow and bond, Dora, Ellis’ mom, is a source of inspiration to them both while Mabel, a friend and relative, ultimately become their caretaker and listening ear. As they grow older, Ellis falls for a woman, thoroughly shattering Michael. But Annie, Ellis’ new wife, adores Michael and accepts him into their fold and ultimately their relationship deepens between the three. Tragedy strikes in their lives, people abandon friendships, and love is still deep and wanting. The story definitely takes the reader on a walk through their hearts and minds.
I enjoyed the writing style which was poetic and simple but found myself lost in some places due to this style. I didn’t like how things could jump from present day to flashback within mere paragraphs. I also felt like there were some feelings unspoken and avoided by characters, particularly Ellis. So I didn’t feel I could get as close to the story. While I enjoyed the story for its beautiful writing, some emotions didn’t resonate. Great book for those that like a nice, slow literary read loaded with beautiful ambiance and atmosphere.
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*Special thanks to G.P. Putnam’s Sons for sending this book for review through Goodreads Giveaway.