A Lifetime of Impossible Days Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Meet Willa Waters, aged 8...33...and 93.
1965. Eight-year-old Willa receives a mysterious box containing a jar of water and the instruction: ‘One ocean: plant in the backyard.’ So she does - and somehow creates a time-slip that allows her to visit her future selves.
1990. Willa is 33-year-old mother when her childhood self appears in her backyard. She’s also a woman haunted by dark memories and is on the brink of a decision that will have tragic repercussions.
2050. Willa is a gumboot-loving 93-year-old whose memory is fading fast. Yet she knows there is a warning she must give her past selves about a terrible event in 1990. If only she could recall what it was.
Can the three Willas come together, to heal their past and save their future, before it’s too late?
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 58 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 July 2019|
|Publisher||Wavesound from W. F. Howes Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 4,197 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
21 in Time Travel Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
47 in Time Travel Fiction
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Reviewed in Australia on 18 June 2019
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I loved Willa from the very start. I love her at 93 when she is trying to live the wild and quirky life she wants, but she also is struggling with losing her memory and generally being old. From early on Bird gives us a great insight to who she is with her thoughts and language and how she interacts with those around her.
Willa’s forgetfulness weaves into the writing quite well and you have to pay attention because it shifts so suddenly it feels real. One moment knowledge is there, the next it has drifted away. When you see it happening it is quite sad, but that is also what makes this story work, it keeps the reader in the dark for later secrets to come out and it plays into whether Willa is reliable, dreaming, making up stories, or all three. Something which helps understand those around her as well.
I also loved young Willa and middle Willa for their own reasons. Eight year old Willa is strong and fierce, she is a devoted sister and seeing her trying to do her best but be stuck in the body of a child breaks your heart, but it makes you love her more as she takes on the responsibility and burden of saving her family and herself.
As the story progresses you see the changes in each of the Willas; not just because of events that have happened or haven’t happened, but seeing them grow. There is a clear tone difference in how Bird write them which is wonderful. You can clearly see the different ages and life experiences coming through.
There is no chance of confusing the three different life stages as Bird separates each perspective with the date and age of Willa with each alternating chapter. But even when they are together they seamlessly interact and each has a descriptive name which helps identify them. There are also beautiful pen decorations throughout which are not only beautiful, but help keep track of where and when they story takes place. Gorgeous title pages also break up the different months to help understand the events are happening at the same time but over different years and lives.
One this Bird does remarkably well is managing the overlapping nature of the story. The things we’ve seen come back again and the present day is also the past. We’re teased with snippets of information, uncertain memories and information about characters and history that are in the past but also in the future. It was an excellent exercise of the mind because you keep these three people in your head, each their own character, own person with own lives, but they are also one in the same.
I adore the imagination that Bird has explored in this story. It has magic and it has heart and love, but there are also serious issues happening. The way Bird has approached these issue is with restraint but doesn’t shy away from the realities either.
I really don't know that I can truly relay the love I feel for this book of magical wonder.
It's an extremely unique, wondrous, magical, heartbreaking and beautiful (all at the same time) book.
Join 8 yr old Willa (Super Gumboots Willa) as she discovers a magical time slip in the form of a bottle of water and a note: One Ocean: plant in the backyard.
As you read through, you also get to meet Willa at 33 and at 93. ( She is as sassy as I hope to be at 93! And in colourful gumboots no less)
The Willa's must help to heal the past and save their future before it's too late. But sometimes we block out parts of ourselves to escape the trauma and hurt.
Young Willa feels responsible for so many things, things she has no control over and no part in, scars in her heart, mind and body that are only just beginning and will last forever. Her trauma and fear are palpable, her excitement at saving her family is so honest and real.
This book may bring you heartache, joy and wonder. I felt so many emotions and absolutely wanted to save Willa and her family. My heart broke in places but was also overflowing with wonder at the spirit of Willa.
I bloody well loved Frogdog and her lion heart (such a great name for a little dog), despised her daddy, my heart was torn with her sister Lottie and adored 93 yr old Willa.
@birdtabitha has written a book that is unforgettable & beautiful, and I cannot thank you enough for your heart, courage and words of wisdom within this book.
Her characters are simply beautiful, and you cannot help but feel the ages of the 3 Willas through her writing. I have laughed & cried and hated & loved.
I see this book and it's message and I wish I had this growing up to help me see that life could be better.
READ THIS BOOK! I doubt you will regret it.
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The story tells the life of Willa, now 93 years old, beginning to be very forgetful and facing a most unwanted move to a nursing home. Her children - well there is a lot of confusion about them including where they are and even how many there are. Willa is definitely an unreliable narrator. However she has a notebook where she writes things which are facts and using this and her intermittent flashes of memory she visits and is visited by herself, at eight (Super Gumboots Willa) and in her thirties (Middle Willa).
Are you confused yet? I was, but it did not matter at all. The whole book is an enchanting chaotic piece of whimsy, and when the pressure is on for the younger Willas to change history I was reading so fast I kept missing bits and having to go back and read them again.
I loved it. Highly recommended!
The book starts with an interesting premise, and mysteries that aren’t that hard to work out but still require the characters to ‘get there’. The middle seemed a little slow but I think it was because I just wanted to know and I couldn’t read fast enough. The end - it built up like a train gathering speed and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. It was satisfying, it was emotional and it was a fantastic read that I recommend to everyone.