A vivid and delicious lyricism runs throughout Fiona Robyn's compassionate and compelling third novel.
`Thaw' tells the story of thirty-two year old Ruth, who `doesn't know if she wants to be thirty-three'. Her life is meticulously ordered, her relationships painstakingly detached - her loneliness devastating. `Thaw' is Ruth's journal, covering three months, as she decides whether or not she will take her own life.
Describing deep-seated loss and self-destruction, this novel is a necessarily darker, spikier read than Robyn's assured and sensitive debut, `The Letters' and yet the pacing of its diary structure makes it difficult to put down. Most of all, there is an authenticity about Ruth and her struggles that cries out for understanding, reaching far beyond the novel's pages.
It is this sense of empathy, combined with the beauty of Robyn's prose, which makes `Thaw' such a valuable and unforgettable book.