‘Collected Works of A. J. Fikry’ by Gabrielle Zevin, 2014
This small work of fiction captures the reader’s imagination with the closeness of a small community living on an island. Pivotal is the bookshop. Here we meet a widower, grieving for his wife who was killed in a road accident, until a miracle happens.
Grief, friendship and love are the main ingredients. The love of books permeates the whole story, bringing together the main characters. ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’ by Mary Ann Shaffer is of a similar ilk. Together they are delightful in their simplicity.
Sometimes I feel the need for an untroubling read before going to sleep. This fits the bill perfectly.
This prompt allows me to express something a very wise woman said to me when I returned from overseas in a rather broken state.
My husband had left me for another woman.
Of course I was mad, of course I was furious! In fact I felt I could kill him, I was so crazy with grief.
This wise woman said, ‘don’t let it eat you up! If you don’t forgive him, you will become bitter. This is something that can change your life for the worse. You are in charge; don’t let him get the better of you. Once you forgive him, you can let go of that anger. Then you can resume a positive attitude and you will get back on track. Everything will fall into place for you.’
And she was right!
Dixie Minor’s Y/A book, ‘Winter Dream’, is set in the shadow of the north Georgia Mountains. The culture of a country town is reflected through the eyes of 18-year-old Jessie.
The loss of her mother at an early age permeates the story that encapsulates the uncertainties of youth.
Turmoil and dangers disrupt this peaceful town; combined with boy friend issues; suspense is maintained.
Jessie’s maturation is shown with her realization that she is not responsible for other people’s problems and happiness.
This book retains wholesome family values, without resorting to horror and terror. A welcome gift for any teenager. Dixie Minor is a fellow blogger and can be found at: http://www.dixieminor.wordpress.com