- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Viking; 1 edition (4 June 2019)
- ISBN-10: 0143792261
- ISBN-13: 978-0143792260
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.1 x 23.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lifetime of Impossible Days, A Paperback – 4 Jun 2019
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The magical three Willas at the heart of this story cast a spell over readers ... This is a courageous and magical debut novel that reminds us that while we can’t change events from our past, we do have the power to change the story we tell ourselves about them. - Sally Piper, author of The Geography of Friendship
Every so often a book comes along that reaffirms the glory and beauty of life. Tabitha Bird has gifted us this wonder. - Cass Moriarty
A wonderful debut . . . An uplifting story about the power of forgiveness, the ability to heal and the magical idea of being able to travel back in time to fix a broken future. - Good Reading
Bird weaves her stories with skill, scattering memories like shells across the pages. This is a tale about listening to your inner child to save your grown-up soul. - Sunday Times, Perth
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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.
In 1965 Willa Waters was a precocious eight-year-old, trying to keep her four-year-old sister Lottie safe. In 1990 Willa Waters was a thirty-three-year-old mother of two with a loving husband – but this Willa couldn’t let go of the past that continued to hold her in its memories. And in 2050 Willa Waters was a ninety-three-year-old woman who was being taken over by dementia; didn’t want to go into the nursing home – and knew she had something to warn her younger self about. But could she remember what it was?
When eight-year-old Willa received a jar of water in the post with instructions to plant the ocean in the garden, she did just that. Under the mango tree in the back yard where the smells were suddenly of the ocean, the sounds were of the waves, and the sand was between her toes. But when she slipped through time to visit her 93-year-old self, and her 33-year-old self, well that was amaze-a-loo!
Could the three Willas change the past by coming together and helping each other with the future?
A Lifetime of Impossible Days is the debut novel by Aussie author Tabitha Bird, is set in Boonah, Queensland, and I loved it. Captivating, funny, sad, haunting, magical – a story of hope, family, loyalty and impossibilities. The three Willas – Super Gumboots Willa (8); Middle Willa (33) and Silver Willa (93) – were wonderful characters. Grammy with her special ways and her jam drops was a delight (the recipe is at the back) and Frog Dog the Chihuahua who was always by Willa’s side. A very special novel that I’ll always remember. Highly recommended.