Sarah Winman | Fiction 2017
Ellis and Annie and Michael are in love with each another. It is a nearly perfect love. Tragic, yes, but also full of soul, depth, authenticity, tenderness, laughter, play, learning, exploration, and intensity.
If I were an English Professor, I would assign this book as a study of character and relationship development. Ellis and Michael are particularly strong souls, whom we discover so much about. Winman has done an extraordinary job of delving into the hearts and souls of these two men, and providing us with a window. Though the location and the timing, recent decades in Oxford, add much context and beauty to the tale, they are not central to the story line. In some ways, this could be three people anywhere.
The reviews on this are all-or-nothing. People love this book or hate it and are bored to tears. People think Winman did a superb job with character development, or a truly lousy job.
I wish this was a book club because I would like talk about the roles that were played by sunflowers, swimming, mothers, and floorboards. My friend Rene recommend this short novel. I will be eager to hear if you love it or hate it ...