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Yellow Room, The Paperback – 5 Oct 2017
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'A moving, poignant story ... where the real power and tension can be found is in the truths, half-truths and lies that shape the central characters' Mark Goldring, Chief Executive Oxfam UK; 'Compelling, evocative, sharply observed and exquisitely written' Amanda Jennings; 'Inner turmoil, unreliable memories, lies and secrets: Shelan Rodger writes about relationships and identity with a truthfulness we find hard to live up to' Aidan Hartley
About the Author
Shelan Rodger has lived a patchwork of different cultures and landscapes. Born in Nigeria, she grew up among an aboriginal community on an island north of Australia, and moved to England aged eleven. After graduating from Oxford, she travelled to Argentina, England and then Kenya. She now lives in Andalucia, Spain. Her professional career has revolved around international education and learning and development.
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The writing is effortless and elegant, quite beautiful in its precise selection of words but surprisingly easy and comfortable to read - except in its subject matter at times. There is love in this book, sometimes evident (I adored Chala's relationship with her father in all its phases), sometimes difficult to sustain, often difficult to show. The Kenyan scenes are sometimes harrowing and difficult to read, but also so vividly described that you can feel and smell the tension, and appreciate the stark contrasts between exceptional beauty and desperate ugliness.
I guess it's quite unusual to single out for praise the postscript to the book which sets out its inspiration. It pulled together my thoughts after I'd reached the end - around secrets, "spaces in togetherness", the issue of identity, the Kenyan backdrop. It also includes a stunning sentence that sums up the book perfectly:
"Secrets are like scars that heal over a wound that never quite disappears."
This is a book that defies categorisation, and it was certainly quite a departure from my usual reads - but I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to experience it.
When Chala was four, a tragic accident occurred which would stay with her and her stepfather, Phillip, forever, changing the way she viewed herself and her life in ways that they could never imagine. Sheltered and protected by Phillip as much as possible, she adored this man who raised her after everything, and when he dies suddenly, it will force Chala to question everything in her life, including her marriage to Paul. Needing space, Chala decides to follow in the footsteps of her biological parents and travel to Kenya to volunteer, in the hopes that space and distance will allow her to sort out her feelings and try to find some sort of resolution with who she is and what she has done in her past. As Chala throws herself into her new world, she meets some very special people and confronts the harsh realities that exist in this beautiful but troubled place. And when she gets some shocking news, Chala realises that she must completely confront her past if she is to make any sort of decision for her future, but there are some secrets that even she does not know about...
YELLOW ROOM by Shelan Rodger deals with a sensitive and emotional tragedy in such a poetic way, and my heart broke for Chala the adult who still clings desperately to Chala the little girl that existed on that fateful day. Her entire life has been consumed by that afternoon all those years ago and while on the surface it appears that she has moved on successfully with her life, this could not be further from the truth as she carries her grief and her guilt everywhere with her, and in every decision that she makes. The beauty and raw energy of Kenya are beautifully depicted, but the troubling and harrowing life that exists for many is difficult and upsetting to read which is just as it should be - we should feel, we should be moved, we should care.
The characters are in-depth and convincing, and the story moved along at a perfect pace for the drama that unfolds within its pages. YELLOW ROOM by Shelan Rodger is a gripping and haunting story that is a must-read for anyone who enjoys a raw, emotional, and complex story of family and heartache.
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