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5.0 out of 5 stars From raging sea to inner calm, 25 Feb 2011
This review is from: February (Paperback)
Reviewers seem to be split on this one, but I'm firmly in the `pro' camp. One critic complains of getting lost in the back-and-forth in time that structures the book, yet every chapter heading makes it clear what time we're in. Another says the whole idea of a novel based around a real-life Newfoundland oil-rig disaster three decades ago is a dubious waste of time. Eh?

What Lisa Moore does is to anatomise grief, and methods of coping (or not coping) with it, by incrementally fleshing out the life, thoughts and emotional responses of the main character, widowed Helen, and to a lesser extent her son and daughters. John has discovered that a holiday fling has led to the prospect of a child he hadn't contemplated and may not want. Helen, by contrast, has had snatched away from her the husband she very much wanted to hold on to for ever.

This book could have been dull, or maudlin or just plain irritating, but it never is. Instead it's quiet, thoughtful and redemptive. Time and again I found myself thinking, Yes, that's just right. If you like books like The Shipping News, or anything by Alice Munro, this is for you.
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