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4.0 out of 5 stars tentative explorarion of death and birth, 6 Mar 2011
This review is from: February (Paperback)
I enjoyed this, though at times got a little fed up of the multi-point narrative. Moore's writing is tentative, she does not pretend to know what her characters think and feel, often suggesting a string of possibilities. I found it interesting that it is in part the story of the romance of an older lady, but a shame that Moore skims over this, in this the end felt rushed.

The book follows, among other things the story of a birth and of a death. The death is Helen's, the 54 year old grandmother protagonists, husband Cal, on the Ocean Ranger disaster. The birth is of the accidental child of her oldest child John. The blurb suggests that John grapples with what to do about the impending birth, the grappling wasn't too evident.

Moore writes in beautiful, short chapters, which are rich in imagery and place. I imagine that Newfoundland is well captured, but I've never been there. I wondered if Moore had ever been to England, as at one point Helen sits on a coach between Stanstead and Heathrow and rhapsodises about the 'stonewalls and sheep', the Englishness of the countryside.......its sounds more like she is in Yorkshire than near London!

I found it enjoyable, as I have said, and a great book to read on the bus. I did not find it terribly memorable. Its the sort of book I like to take on holiday.
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