Life Drawing by Robin Black
Genre: Contemporary | Adult Fiction
Published: July 15th 2014 by Random House
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This has been a surprising read. I started this book in June 2015 and couldn’t get through the second chapter. It didn’t do anything for me. That’s what I remembered when I picked it again in December and didn’t read more than a few lines. But when I picked it again this month and started reading it from page one I couldn’t imagine why I couldn’t read it back then.
This one was again a suggestion from one of my favorite authors Catherine Mackenzie and I am glad I got past that slump and gave it a read.
You learn early on that the narrator’s husband has died and the author keeps you guessing how until the very end. Marriage is hard, and when you are married for twenty-five years or so you bound to have had some tough situations / circumstances behind you. The narrator is reflecting on her marriage to Owen and trying to make sense of it all. What it takes to stay, what effect an extra-marital affair has on a marriage and to its parties, what honesty costs and what drives a relationship. Underneath of everything lies complex humans and as a reading you are left wondering is you can truly take sides.
Made me think:
"That's what happens when one of you dies. The clock stops. The story ends. (You) begin to see patterns. Begin to understand. Maybe the patterns are only the ones that you impose. But the thing takes on a different shape. It takes on a shape. Or, as one of my teachers used to say, you cannot see the landscape you’re in."
"There are often two conversations going on in a marriage. The one that you’re having and the one you’re not, sometimes you don't even know when that second, silent one has begun."
"I always half believe that Owen would have an affair one day himself to restore the balance of a kind. In certain moods, dark moods, I even believed he was entitled, though the thought of it was hideous to me."
My rating is 4.5 stars.
**I don’t give books rating below 3 (at least not as yet), because it takes a lot to write and sometimes it may not connect with me but the effort is definitely appreciated. **
Other books by Robin
If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This: Stories￼
Crash Course: Essays from Where Writing and Life Collide￼
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