1472156773
Hardback:Nonfiction : a novel / Julie Myerson.:2022 Hardback Nonfiction : a novel / Julie Myerson.
Nonfiction : a novel / Julie Myerson.
Author: Myerson, Julie,
Publication year: 2022
Format: Hardback
Publisher: London : Corsair,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781472156778 (hbk.) :
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Two parents stand by powerlessly as their only child seems intent on destroying herself. Meanwhile the mother - a novelist - attempts to understand her uneasy, unresolved relationship with her own mother. Weaving between childhoods past and present, as well as a current narrative laced with temptation and betrayal, this is the delicate journey of a mother, daughter, wife and author struggling to make sense of her world. But can a writer ever be trusted with the truth of her own story? Clear-eyed, self-lacerating and at times frighteningly direct, Julie Myerson's novel explores maternal love as the emotional foundation we both crave and fear.
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A clever and thought provoking novel which asks interesting questions about the extent to which any novel is wholly imagined or is derived from the real life of the novelist. The metafictional aspects actually bring some lightness and humour to the mainly grim subject matter of drug addiction, extra-marital affairs and family breakdown. The non-linear narrative technique can seem confusing at times, but it gives the novel a structure that helps to convey the mood swings of the narrator: her hope, despair and guilt as a mother, daughter, wife and writer. Ultimately, whilst I admired the writer's skill, and found much to admire in the novel, I was not greatly moved by what is a heartbreaking story.
30/07/22
robrue

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