This is not a genre I would normally read, but as it was longlisted for the Orange Prize I decided to try it. Set in Canada, this book is about a woman whose husband's life is lost on a floating oil platform in the North Sea. This happened in 1982 - a true fact.
It tells of a woman's long term bereavement and how every part of her life is shadowed by her loss. It is beautifully written - thoughts and emotions are vividly described.
On the negative side, I found the dateline confusing and felt that there was not enough substance in the book for my taste.
I would not want to read this book if I were recently bereaved.....it would be too upsetting.
I do not think this book is a worthy entrant for the Orange Prize.