WHAT’s it ABOUT: A textile artist comes to grips with her mental illness by moving to a desolate area of Scotland. She learns to live and learn, embrace her passions and grief, and reconcile her fears of love by recreating family relationships. The book has beautiful descriptions, evocative poetry and fascinating exploration of simple complexities. So, yea, it’s a love story.
WHAT’s GOOD: I loved this story. I loved how the author pieces and weaves together bits from the past with the present and slowly reveals the characters struggles and motivations.
“I’m woken by shards of glass being driven repeatedly into my brain. The telephone.”
WHAT ELSE: I wanted to be annoyed at Rose but that is part of the author’s intent, I’m sure of it. She is manic/depressive and it is a frustrating disease so, of course, Rose battles with herself for control of her emotions and behavior. She struggles with maintaining the balance — many things, not just medicine, can throw it out of kilter. It seemed very honest.
“Peace of mind is sitting, forgotten, in a a bottle on my bathroom shelf.”
FINAL Thoughts: Rose is an artist and when she meets another artist, a poet, they combine their mediums for an art show which sounded just amazing! I would go see such an exhibit. The descriptions of the inspiration for the art, the results and the poems combine for an all-senses treat.
“Texture and Text”
I give a shout out to Jill of Rhapsody in Books for being an enthusiastic ambassador for this book and this author. This could be any one of those books that when added to the shelf seems to be pushed aside for newer and shinier acquisitions that have the buzz. Jill reminded me that this book is right up my alley and it is a testament to marketing of how things continually pop up in your peripheral vision get called out eventually. I’m so glad she endorsed this book and I’m sad that I waited as long as I did. I will be loaning my copy only to friends I know will return it to me!
Not only did the author send me this book, but she signed it and added an extra note on a postcard of artwork from an AMAZING quilt by Sheena J. Norquay. The book itself has a lovely cover; the little extras and Jill’s recommendation plus the lovely story combined to make this a wonderful reading experience.
RATING: Four slices of pie. With EXTRA whipped cream! and a few extra bits of pie from a slice shared with a friend. (4 1/2 stars in goodreads if I could give such a thing.)
OTHER Reviews: Jill’s at Rhapsody in Books <– Jill will have you craving this book if I didn’t quite do the job and now has me putting Ms. Gillard on my must-read-more-by list, Jill at FizzyThoughts <– this Jill loved it, too. Calls it ‘evocative’ and has a link to a page at the author’s site which is a must-read as well, and the whole list of reviews found on the Book Blogger Search.