This is what I adored about The Things We Don’t Say. In a novel loosely based on the renowned English artists’ circle Bloomsbury group, Ella Carey masterfully moves between generations to tell a riveting tale of a historical movement through the eyes of two women fiercely determined to hold on to their ideals.
Before I read the book I had a somewhat fuzzy, glorified picture of the Bloomsbury group. I knew they were considered bohemians and I knew that many groundbreaking artists and writers came out of the movement, but I didn’t know much more than that. In Carey’s deft hands, I was not just absorbed in the characters’ loves and losses; I was completely transported to the rich and heady atmosphere of the salons of London and France in the 1910s and ’20s. Had Carey not written this sumptuous novel, I would have never known that much of the freedom of expression I so value today is thanks to forward-thinking women like those in The Things We Don’t Say.
Educated? Check. Entertained? Double check.
- Jodi Warshaw, Editor