DISTURBINGLY A MIND IN DISARRAY,
This review is from: A Marker to Measure Drift (Hardcover)
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Clearly something horrendous has happened, Liberian refugee Jacqueline now on a Greek island desperately striving to suppress memories. For her, top priority must be simply trying to survive: nightly shelter in a cave overlooking the beach, massaging tourists' feet to pay for the next meal. In her head, her mother will ever advise and rebuke, sixteen year old pregnant sister Saifa also keen to contribute.
Powerful writing skilfully juxtaposes basic daily practicalities with evidence of a mind increasingly awry - only a little nudge needed to tip it over the edge. From within Jacqueline yet finds the resourcefulness to manage another day, grateful for little acts of kindness that help her to cope.
This is distressing fare, for it by no means certain Jacqueline can possibly come through. What for her when those unspeakable images force their way to the fore? (When they eventually do, even the most hardened readers may well emerge shaken.)
Incredibly nowhere is there a hint of mawkishness, such a danger in less gifted hands. A craftsman is at work.
Here is a novel to experience rather than to enjoy. For many the circumstances are likely to haunt.