'A superbly crafted novel ....'
And so it is.
I have just finished reading 'The Art of Falling' by Deborah Lawrenson for the second time and it is as poignant the second time around as the first.
For me, it encapsulates the qualities that hold a story close to my heart; the words chosen and the style in which they are crafted to draw in the reader and keep them spellbound until the final sentence.
Here is an excerpt -
'Some of these people actually knew him. They knew him as he had been and they wanted a triumphant end to the story, not this inconclusive, cowardly diminishment of their heroic young soldier.
She puts her head down. 'I'm sorry.'
She will not cry. She senses the embarassment around the table, hears the rustle of napkins and the muffled sound of glasses replaced on the cloth.
The Massimo is speaking. 'He was here.''
From 'The Art of Falling' by Deborah Lawrenson