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After a chance encounter with a seemingly perfect family, Alison is offered the opportunity of making more money. The family welcomes Alison with open arms, and she gets a taste of the life she so desperately wants for Belinda, but can this wealthy couple be trusted?
I loved the well-rounded, flawed characters: child narrator, Belinda and her skewed six-year old view of life, and her mother, Alison, even when she did things that made me cringe.
As I approached the end, I was enjoying the story so much I couldn’t decide what I wanted most: to quickly find out what happened to the characters or for the book not to finish at all. In the end, the author left me with hope––hope for a decent future in such a chaotic life that any of us could fall into, given the right circumstances.
And when I turned the last page, I was left thinking: what would I have done in this situation?
Highly recommended to readers of thought-provoking literary fiction.
Her books are all extrememely readable - getting you really involved with each character. An Unchoreographed Life is no exception to this and definitely doesn't disappoint here.
It is the story of a relationship between a single mother and her daughter, for whom she gave up everything (the chance of being a prima ballerina and endured the alienation of own family) when she found out she was pregnant.
She takes up an 'unconventional profession' to make money to support herself and her child.
Following a chance meeting, her life changes significantly and gets the opportunity to make more money. At first the family whom she met by chance seem the 'perfect' family and she, along with her daughter, is made very welcome by them. They go out of their way to help her out in her times of need but could this all be an illusion? Again you are left thinking 'what would I have done in this situation?' I find Jane's books very thought provoking.
I do not want to say any more as I do not want to give the story away. All I can do is very highly recommend it.
I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
If you have not yet read 'These Fragile Things' - this is one of my all time favourites and is also by Jane, so buy a copy of this too - it is one of the most thought provoking books I have read.
The story is told from the point of view of its two main characters, Alison, the single mother who is also a former prima ballerina, and her daughter Belinda. Both characters felt very real to me. Belinda is only six years old at the start of the story and yet, as the story begins, told from her point of view, the author deftly and realistically describes life from the point of view of a six year old and how confusing it is for her. It made me see things clearly as a six year old might, which I thought was brilliantly done.
Alison, meanwhile, is also sensitively portrayed. As someone whose dreams have been thwarted and who feels remote from society around her, she's turned to prostitution as a means to support her child - yet I thought that the author did a brilliant job of staying neutral on the whole issue, without preaching about it either way. We're just presented with Alison as simply a person who is struggling to cope and as the novel progresses, she becomes more and more sympathetic.
As the story progresses, it sucks you in deeper and deeper into Alison and Belinda's world and I found myself wanting more and more to know what would happen to them. I wasn't sure at all how it would turn out. I don't want to say too much more without giving the plot away, but I will say that this is a brilliant novel with some wonderful characters, unusual in its subject matter, yet a richly rewarding read. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a novel full of multifaceted characters and a plot with plenty of twists and turns. Don't let this book pass you by - read it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I particularly liked the character of Belinda, she came alive on the page, as did the other characters. This is a particular strength of this author. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Caroline Warwick
I loved this book from the moment I dove right into the mind of six year old Belle. I also enjoyed it when the book swapped to Alison's point of view. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chanatkins
An excellent view of how gains an only be made by deciding what must be sacrificed. You can't have it all, so what must you choose to lose. Read morePublished 14 months ago by JMH
Actually I did like it, a lot, and I would have given it at least four stars - until it stopped. To my mind it was cut short of any kind of ending or resolution and I felt quite... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mig Bardsley
I really enjoyed this novel - her best yet in my view. Jane really creates a world and a story that keeps me page-turning. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Sharon Avidreader
A really lovely cover. This is the story of Alison whose early pregnancy wrecked her ballet career. The sad outcome, the pressures, crises and dilemmas of her South London life are... Read morePublished on 31 May 2015 by Rosalind Minett
I bought this book as part of the 'box set' of Kindle novels 'Out of the box: women writing women' and chose to read this one first, partly because I have read books by this author... Read morePublished on 21 April 2015 by AliB
I really enjoyed the latest offering by this author. I felt I knew the little girl and could sympathise with her mother.
The characters were well drawn and believable. Read more
Even though I’ve enjoyed two of Jane Davis’s other books, I wasn’t sure I’d be quite so enamoured of this one. Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2015 by Linda Carol
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