This title is a Joan's Pick.
This is a wonderful, wonderful book.
In a small Connecticut town, a fire ravages a house and kills the bridal party the night before the wedding. I know this sounds grim - and of course, it is - but it's a brilliant platform from which to explore families, friendships, community, love and loss.
From that explosive moment on, everyone has an opinion - on how it happened, why, who was to blame, and how by looking at the lifestyles and apparently questionable relationships of the people involved, it could even have been predicted.
With each chapter told by a number of different voices, we see that everyone has something to hide, and that things are not always as they might appear to be. As a series of seeming coincidences, surprises and unexpected connections unfurl, this evolves into one of the most compassionate, compelling and satisfying books I've read for ages.
And I'm not alone in loving it. Even before being published, it appeared on the longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize, which really says something. Just read it! Joan.
- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: 25/08/2015
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Country of Origin: United Kingdom
- Pages: 304
- Dimensions (mm): 216x135x22mm
- Weight: 327g