I decided to pick this book up because it seemed like an easy read and it is set to release later this week. It offered a different type of tale then I anticipated.
The best part of this story, is the unexpectedness of what people have to offer. I will explain a little further shortly. The story is not of one person or a family but a town in Ireland with strong ties (largely due to systemic emigration) to another in the US. Family histories are recited with just the family’s names by anyone in the know (which constitutes a large section of the populace). The book club itself only comes into the picture farther in the story itself, almost close to the middle of the entire story. It is a pretty interesting idea that I already have contacted friends of mine (who read) to give it a shot!
In the beginning I found it hard to follow the narration and thought it a little clunky but it turned out that I was making too many assumptions. As the people became more familiar to me, so did their personal affectations which made me enjoy the story. It is not a light feel-good story in its purest sense because there are a lot of faults that rear their ugly heads, even in our main protagonists but that is taken as part and parcel of life itself and therefore just dealt with in a sensible fashion. Every time a person is depicted a certain way, the complacent reader will decide that it is inevitable what would happen next and in a couple of places it seemed obvious like the writer wanted our minds to go down that path (if I had not spotted that in quite a few instances, this would have been a five star read for me). Then the next few pages play a mean trick on the complacent reader and waves the actual turn of events in front of them.
I may not like or agree with everything or everyone in the story (as in real life) but it was a pretty great read.
I received a copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is completely made up of my own reading experience.