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A voice that really works,
This review is from: Everything You Know (Paperback)
Another one of these books with a plot so simple that you wish you'd wrote it yourself. But that's the beauty of it ... To write simple is what's most difficult.
Heller's novel consists of two parallel stories. The first person you get to follow is Willy - a middle-aged man who has escaped to the States after being accused of murdering his wife in the U.K. He's just had a heart-attack and this makes him reflect more on his somewhat tragic life. The second person you get to follow is Sadie - Willy's daughter who has just committed suicide. You get her story through some left over diaries that she has sent to her dad. Every chapter begins with a new journal entry and is followed by disaster upon disaster in Willy's life. But the closer Sadie gets to her suicide, the closer Willy gets to some kind of change and development.
The subject sound very depressing, but Heller has created a voice that really works. Willy is a very round character who doesn't apologize for himself. She is also a master when it comes to imitate accents; everything from English working class in London to rich German holiday makers. The only reason I'm not giving the book five stars is that in a few situations things are getting a bit too comical to be believable.