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Little Gidding Girl by [Tuffnell, Vivienne]
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Length: 242 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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At seventeen, Verity lost the future she’d craved when Nick, her enigmatic and troubled poet boyfriend, drowned at sea. At thirty-five, in a safe, humdrum and uninspired life, she finds that snatches of the life she didn’t have begin to force their way into her real life. This other life, more vivid and demanding than her actual life, begins to gather a terrible momentum as she starts to understand that her un-lived life was not the poetic dream she had imagined it might be. Doubting her own sanity as her other life comes crashing down around her in a series of disasters, Verity is forced to re-examine her past, realign her present and somehow reclaim a future where both her own early creative promise and her family can exist and flourish together. Exploring the nature of time itself, the possibilities of parallel universes and the poetic expressions of both, Verity searches to understand why and how Nick really died and what her own lives, lived and un-lived, might truly mean.

'From the unknown spaces between what is, was, and will be, messages and sendings break through into Verity's life: are they nightmares of a parallel reality or projections from a love that has flown? Vivienne Tuffnell keeps us guessing with utmost artistry as we trace the interweaving way-marks in pursuit of the truth. Little Gidding Girl kept me enthralled until the very end.'
- Caitlín Matthews, author of Singing the Soul Back Home, and Diary of a Soul Doctor

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 242 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07315QQ5N
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside Verity's Head 24 June 2017
By Jeanette Marsh - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book; I find that Vivienne's protagonists all are women who have a rich interior life & a way of making sense of their emotional landscapes. This one engulfed me. At the same time, there is a lack of exposition & a brisk pace coupled with a mystery that drew me on & in. This is the work of a skilfull intelligent storyteller, without falling into the trap of needing to impress or obscure the storyline. I'm impressed. A masterwork. Keep it up, Vivienne!
5.0 out of 5 stars The life you never lived. 11 July 2017
By Paul T. - Published on
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It’s got to be one of the most common daydreams that people indulge in – that idea that life could have gone so differently if only this had or had not happened…

It might only be a passing thought, or we might spend hours elaborating on the possibilities of this alternate history of ourselves, but most of us have been there.

No harm in that, of course. It’s just personalising one of the most common themes in storytelling. The fallacy is to believe that such an alternative life would have been better than the one we have – and it’s in that little niche that Vivienne Tuffnell grows this story.

Verity (the name is significant) never quite got over Nick’s death. She’s gone on since, to live another life – yet not, somehow, fully living it. Not totally involved.

Then, one day, her un-lived life intersects with her actual one, and sets events into motion that will force Verity to face the past and deal differently with the present.

One of the great strengths of Tuffnell’s writing is her ability to seamlessly weave the otherworldly into the everyday, so that the joins are not always apparent – which leads to some jaw-dropping moments when Verity finds reality has shifted. But there is more in this novel than just the ‘wow’ factor – there’s also some deep and serious thought about the issues raised by Verity’s experience.

Add to this a cast of colourful and well drawn characters, and you have a deeply absorbing and very satisfying story which left me with a lot to ponder on.

If you twist my arm, I’d admit to a few issues with it. Some sentence constructions that I would have done differently, some places where the word flow wasn’t as smooth as it could have been. In other books, such things might become major issues. But such is the strength of the narrative that these were never more than minor annoyances, quickly brushed aside in my desire to pursue the story.

From the title, it’s no surprise to anyone who knows anything of T.S. Eliot that ‘Little Gidding Girl’ has strong connections to his poetry and thought. As I know very little of Eliot, I was concerned that I might miss something crucial. Of course, it’s possible that I did! But my lack of knowledge was no real hindrance to reading and enjoying the book, and a side effect was to introduce me to some of the power of beauty of Eliot’s work.

I’d definitely recommend this book, especially for anyone who wants to walk the shady line between what is and what might have been.
5.0 out of 5 stars Deft exploration of grief and identity- intriguingly done! 24 June 2017
By Scarabo - Published on
Modern literature is not really my thing, but occasionally I dabble when the author is deft in their use of words.

I have read a couple of other books by this author. Generally along the way there will be a few turns of phrase or images with such vivid stained-glass clarity that they stay with me for a while after, which I love. Correspondingly, I picked this one up without hesitation, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Little Gidding Girl is not a thrilling page-turner; it's more thoughtful and measured than that. However there is a strong element of mystery surrounding the alleged circumstances of Nick's death which adds suspense and intrigue.

The main character, Verity, is a prey to the sorts of insecurities and self-doubt that most of us will recognise and identify with, and her slow development is a joy to watch. She's never irritatingly pathetic - always a danger when less sensitively handled - and we root for her from the beginning.

The secondary characters are equally well-defined: David is lovely, his thoughtfulness underlined in attentive actions rather than baldly stated. Carla is splendidly shallow, Juliet superbly bitchy; all the things we love to hate!

As the story unfolds and Verity works through her grief, it allows her to question many things that she has previously accepted as truths, and her slow blossoming to confidence is beautifully described. The twists and turns of how, why and if her childhood love died are cleverly constructed, the trail leading back and forth until Verity reaches her conclusion.

All in all, a pleasingly unusual book, beautifully written and with a highly satisfying ending, all loose ends tied!

Well worth a read.

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