11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
What a wonderful book.,
This review is from: Every Light in the House Burnin' (Paperback)
I had already read 'Small Island' and 'Never far from Nowhere' and enjoyed both of these books. But I have to say that, for me, 'Every Light in the House Burnin'' is the best so far. I've just finished it and, as I bought it from Amazon, felt the need give my thoughts here on this book. The style of dipping back to memories from the past and then coming back to the present worked so well. The author's memories of her childhood and schooldays (including the wonderful description of school dinners) had me at times smiling, laughing and sighing as my own memories were evoked. I suppose I could identify a lot with the main character as I spent my very early years on a council estate and also have a West Indian parent. I was gripped and, like an earier reviewer above, had to read the book in one sitting to find out what would happen. And I have to say that not many books actually make me cry - but the end of this one had the tears flowing freely. There's one line that goes something like: 'I placed my hand on his, the same hand I used to hold when I was crossing the road...' When you read this in context I believe it to be one of the most poignant, moving lines I've ever come across. A really good book.