I have to disagree with those waxing lyrical about this book. Yes, the prose is lovely. The story line is fine. The main character, Ellie, made me want to slap her with a wet and very cold fish. Repeatedly.
She could be put into the wash with the other door mats and hung out to dry and still be irritating.
If she were any more self involved she might possibly implode.
I actually finished the blasted book out of a perverse hope that she would finally get a clue as to what reality actually is. She did. Sort of. Too late to redeem her in my eyes, but apparently many other people loved her.
Dan, the harpmaker, was completely himself, and I liked seeing the world through his eyes.
I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say he falls somewhere on the autism spectrum, in a very interesting way. His outstanding passion is making beautiful harps, but he finds his renewal and his joy in the half wild nature of his environment. Beautiful descriptions of how he relates to the changing seasons.
Other characters are pieces of people we all know. Some lovable, some vexing, some manipulative and damaging.
So I give the book three stars as a recognition of the quality of the writing. But Ellie...geesch.
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Books (6 August 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1984803786
- ISBN-13: 978-1984803788
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.9 x 23.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 531 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)