I managed to get in just in time to follow up a long line of pre-scheduled posts. This is not something I have managed to do in a while and am hoping the trend continues. As is obvious, daily posts mean a better visibility on WordPress which leads to better interactions, so I try to stick to that pattern.
When I started reading this book, one that I had languishing on my virtual shelf for far too long than is acceptable, I could not have imagined the way it ended. For once, I feel the strong urge to reread the entire thing with fresh eyes and use that feeling to better enjoy it.
The story is of a little fictitious town in Armenia where repeated issues have caused a dwindling of fortunes and the local population.
It took me a couple of chapters to figure out that the back and forth in time had a pattern. We are introduced to one inhabitant and then go back to see their ancestors, what might have caused them to be called with the names they are now and where they are at mentally and emotionally in the current time. This is basically the entire book in a nutshell. The concept is simple, and each person introduced is so realistic and relatable in some form or the other. At the core, they are genuinely nice people (the primary characters at least), and this means a very pleasant read despite all the hardships they encounter.
One other factor makes the narrative stick with you (at least it did to me). This is something I think a reader would have to be open to to ‘feel’ for the events. This factor is the question of faith, not just in the god-related sense (although that is sprinkled in there, it doesn’t come off as a focal point) but the simple belief that things happen for a reason. The events eventually will help us realise why the train of thought is being directed in such a manner. The stories weave us into the community and keep us hooked.
Therefore, the liking of the people and, consequently, wanting them to be happy and watching the times change in such a small community was lovely. The concept of the three apples was fun to learn as well.
I highly recommend this to anyone on the lookout for work from a lesser-known area of the world. Even if the summary sounds remotely appealing, I recommend picking it up and seeing it all the way through. Wish me luck with my reread!
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.