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Gets right into people's minds,
This review is from: The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life (Paperback)
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I was a bit disappointed to begin with when I first started reading, but it soon warmed up and then I really started enjoying it. At first I thought the book was just about Laura, a married woman who hears from an old lover from her student days, but the story spins out to other characters, although there seemed to be so many, I found it hard to keep up with who's who.
The author seems to get right into people's heads as he describes their day to day thoughts and feelings. For instance, a lot of us could identify with Henry, who feels guilty after a dangerous overtaking manoeuvre and tries to escape by accelerating away from the driver he overtook, who was forced to brake hard. There are the children too - little Alice, who's being bullied at school, and Jack, who desperately wants to be accepted into the gang. Alan is their young English teacher, who lives alone and dreams of being a writer but is trying to deal with the constant rejection letters, while his middle-aged neighbour, who is slightly unbalanced (and married), convinces herself Alan and she have something special going on between them.
It's all fascinating stuff, and reminds me that we are mostly fairly similar under the skin - we all have our worries, hurt feelings and insecurities, and sometimes forget that others have them too because they seem to sail through life without a care in the world. Thought provoking and overall a great read. Having read this, I would now definitely read another book by this author.