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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting yet transformative, 16 Jun. 2013
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I found this book utterly compelling, it is written with such honesty and courage. As the mother of two small sons, I constantly fought the urge to overlay my own experience, my own daily life, with that of Sonali. How would I have coped in the same circumstances, how can one carry on daily life when everything that once made sense has been ripped apart? Even imagining what she went through gives me a chill. Sonali's writing is beautiful, spare and unflinchingly frank. Brutal facts are presented cheek by jowl with gentle recollections and reminiscences of their past family life in London but she resists the urge to be sentimental, just presents facts as they were, as she saw them, not dressed up. Amazingly, although we never know her family alive, they come to life through her words. I feel I know those little boys, her husband Steve, even her parents, though they are more shadowy. Above all, her message is that love endures - the book is also a paeon to appreciating what one has, whilst we still have it.
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