I cannot say on reflection, what it was about this book that made me request the book but I am so glad I read it. Do you know that feeling when you pick up a book blindly and start reading it and a couple of chapters in something goes ‘ping’ and the whole thing resonates? I do not just mean just the storyline itself, I mean the tone of the narration and the lead character as well.
I have to admit that this book may not be for everyone, the level of detachment that May ‘seems’ to feel when narrating or the sudden acceptance of our presence as a listener(sometimes) to her tale might not be interesting to some people. This is the story of May and her presumption at the beginning of what constitutes her life, the definition of friendships and other relationships and ultimately the price of happiness (or its definition). May can be defined using a lot of factors: she loves plants,trees, and gardens, dabbles in etymology and quirky linguistic situations, she reads and indulges in reminiscing as well as a creature of habit. The story is not exactly linear, there are a few examples provided to us to indicate exactly where the story is at any given time and this made it more endearing to me.
May has been given a chance to take some time off, what she does with this time and how she goes about it and all those tangential conversations that these situations invoke. We are given information about trees and some of it tied up with a book I read recently Around the World in 80 Trees by Jonathan Drori , Lucille Clerc (Illustrations) which seemed serendipitous. It is such a heartwarming, realistic take on friendships and the way life tends to change them. It made me feel very nostalgic and had me reaching out to my college friends. I, like May have been guilty of trying to draw clear distinctive circles to demarcate the position of one person or the other in my life and have learnt that real life doesn’t work that way. It is an on-going lesson and a humbling one at that. There is so much more that happens in such a (relatively) small book and I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever thought about Friendship/Life in any abstract form.
I received a copy thanks to the publishers and NetGalley but the review is completely based on where the reading of the book took me. It was a five-star read for me.
P.S: This was my 300th review on NetGalley!! Not all of them made it to the blog but any book I actually completely finish I always post here.