- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1298 KB
- Print Length: 438 pages
- Publisher: Wild Pressed Books (1 May 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EKRJ46O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #648,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Although the third child is in a sense the focus of the tale, it is the mother's character and situation that really haunts the reader. The dolls she creates and sells, replicate the years of child-bearing. The faceless one (not for sale) seems more a symbol of herself than of the daughter. The doll lacks the means of communication until at last eyes and mouth are sewn on, and a recipient allowed.
The story jumps around in time which is sometimes a challenge to keep track of. Eliza’s birth is narrated and the reader learns she was not a wanted child. Ellie already had two children and was struggling to cope. The story goes back to when she met their father.
Ellie and Jonah were in their first year at university when she fell pregnant just a few months into their relationship. Jonah was an aspiring musician waiting for the record deal he was convinced he would soon acquire. Following the birth of their first child they both dropped out of university and moved into an arts inspired commune. The responsibilities of parenthood came between them as did lifestyle choices they made. Ellie felt that her future had been stolen from her. Jonah resented that she would not offer him her unequivical support.
The timeline moves to when Ellie and Jonah are older. They are in Iceland to visit an adult Eliza, taking a tour that she has planned for them. Ellie now appears weak and needy. She does not seem happy to be there.
There is a large cast of characters to get to know alongside keeping track of when what is being described is taking place. The story is of a life lived. There are regrets but also achievements.Read more ›