Rebecca is disappointed that Eddie, her boyfriend of ten years hasn’t even made it to her mother’s funeral. Afterwards, at her mother’s flat, she sorts through a pile of mail while her brother and sister-in-law pack up her belongings. Amongst the mail is a letter from Olivia requesting help.
Rebecca remembers visiting Olivia in Cornwall as a child and decides to visit her relative. When she arrives, she learns aging Olivia is in hospital with a broken leg and her house is in shambles. Will Rebecca stay to help Olivia get her house in order so she can return home? What will she do about Eddie if she stays? What will she discover when she sorts through Olivia’s belongings? And what is it that Olivia wants to hide by ordering Rebecca to get the basement blocked up?
Alan Duff’s— Both Sides of the Moon *****
Because Jimmy’s father is a Pakeha and his mother Maori, he struggles to discover where he fits in. After his mother leaves to live with another man, Jimmy turns more to his uncle who tells his about his Maori family history. This is a heart wrenching read, but a telling narrative of a family caught between two cultures.
This is a generational saga of Tademy’s family beginning during the slave era in the United States. We learn the struggles of four prominent women who fought for their freedom while at the same time trying to keep their family together. This is an interesting account because it examines in depth, the lives these women led and how often they were tied to their masters.
I fell in love with this heart warming futuristic story because it was so different from anything else I’d read.
Klara and Rosa are on display in a store window when Josie comes by and promises to take Klara home. While she waits for Josie’s return, she realises that not all AF’s have the ability she has — an insight into human emotions. She keenly observes all she can until Josie and her mother finally return and purchase her. But Klara soon learns that Josie is often seriously ill and her older sister has already died. Can she help her get well? And will the sun keep its end of a bargain as Klara has begged it to?
FYI Ishiguro is also the author of The remains of the day and Never let me go, both made into movies.