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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and poignant, 25 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The Widow's Tale (Paperback)
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Mick Jackson's narrator is defiant if understandably shaky in the face of the sudden death of her husband. Her flight to Norfork is cloaked in confusion, and a certain amount of alcohol will be consumed to numb the immediate pain, but information leaks out bit by bit as to why she might have made the curious journey. The reader pities her bereavement, but admires her spiky wit. One suspects that the real reasons for her escape to the country are deeply sad, but how much is our anti-heroine prepared to reveal?

I love the woman's voice; stoic, satirical with very little self-pity. This is a highly original and often funny novel, in which one life's mundanities are described in a refreshingly colourfull style. The reader can return to this story and believe in the woman's situation, all the peculiar and destabilising tricks grief plays on anyone, and nod in agreement. You can read and understand, without falling into depression; an achievement for any writer! A terrific story.
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