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Beautiful, moving novel of music, love, sadness and more...,
This review is from: Grace Notes (Paperback)
It's hard to do this exquisite novel justice without giving too much away..
Catherine is a young composer, coming from the background of "The Troubles" in northern Ireland, and a family of an overbearing unempathetic mother and recently died father, whose funeral the novel opens with
She has recently given birth and is suffering from severe postnatal depression.
Before I read this novel, I was fairly sceptical as I thought "what can a man know about post natal depression?" Having read this novel, I can only assume that McLaverty's wife maybe suffered, or he suffered from depression himself.
I have experienced depression myself, and I have never read such an exquisitely crafted, beautiful, moving and ultimately inspirational fictitious account of depression.
This novel contains some amazing passages, including one of my favourite passages ever:
"She got in the lift to go up, and looked at the people in there. Any one of them could have a story to tell as bad as her own. With a weight like that, the lift should be going down"
I think there is a comparison between depressed thoughts and "Grace Notes" Grace notes being the notes between notes, that take the piece of music to another place and make a world of difference.. and depressed thoughts maybe being "The thoughts between thoughts" that take your mind and heart to another place?
I would recommend this to anyone, and especially to someone who is or has suffered from depression. It is comfort to know that you are not the only person to have felt that way, and that wherever there is life there is hope.