Top positive review
More like poetry than prose
on 7 November 2016
This is a book to savour. Although very short, it has a strange profundity. The story, set in Tynybraich in rural Wales, is about a family's loss, their love for each other and their resilience in the face of terrible adversity. Much of the book is devoted to the way three brothers in the family overcome the handicaps of blindness - and eventually triumph - and how their blindness determines the lives of the other family members too.
The book is beautifully written and crafted. Price's prose is deceptively simple and straightforward. She chooses her words with great care and precision and makes every word count. One really appreciates her brilliant, mesmerising, writing in the passages in which she describes, for example, the Welsh landscape and a simple family photograph. Price's love of language is evident on every page. Indeed, her writing often seems more like poetry than prose, more like painting than writing. It reads like the meandering stream in Maesglasau valley that she describes so vividly in the early part of the book.