Telling the story of a man who inexplicably and uncontrollably walks, The Unnamed by Joshua Farris, is one of the more original narratives I’ve read in a while. At it’s heart, it’s a love story about coping with illness in a family. The difference in this story is that the main character’s illness cannot be explained by a physical or a psychological ailment. He simply walks and cannot stop until his body becomes so exhausted he collapses into a deep sleep.
How his wife and daughter deal with this phenomenon, shows a great amount of patience, faith and love. And how the main character eventually deals with his illness shows more of the same, although it may not be as obvious that the route he takes is ultimately meant to help his family move on. It’s a sad story and it’s a meaningful one.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, through the tears and the heartache it took to read it. The frustrations felt by the reader and the characters in the book are very realistic. The “what if’s” that we all feel from time to time are fully expressed in a way that’s compelling and heartbreaking. But perseverance, once again, prevails because of the love that exists between this family. I highly recommend checking this book out as well as Joshua Ferris’s other novel “Then we Came to the End.”
Insert jokes about “weighty tome” <here>. Shriver draws from the ever more pressing obesity crisis to create this beautifully written but ultimately slightly unedifying story of one man’s sudden huge weight gain and the effect it has on him and his family. The full review is on my blog here.
A surprisingly gorgeous little novel, that will undoubtedly have been compared to A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. I wouldn’t know, since I refuse to read anything by Eggers, but I highly recommend this story of a nineteen year old boy coping with raising his six year old brother after the senseless murder of their mother. Read the full review on my blog here.
A return to her roots after The Lacuna, this is an absolutely glorious book about butterflies, climate change, families, farming, science and more besides. It’s epic, it’s riveting, if it didn’t use the word “gotten” so much, it would be 5 stars. Full review is here.
A book full of the most hateful and thinly drawn characters you can possibly imagine, this earns its second star for one reason only: I managed to read it to the end without smashing my Kindle in. Read the full review here
Another highly anticipated read for me, and another crushing disappointment. An exciting premise smothered in endless tedium. The full review is here
A debut novel that lives up to its hype. A beautiful novel detailing the trials and tribulations of being 11 years old while the world is trying to end, if you haven’t read this book, then you absolutely must. Reasons why are detailed fully here.