This was the novel I didn’t know I needed. <3


Start date: 14 August
End date: 15 August
Total reading time: 1 hour 41 minutes (in 2 days)

Initial impressions:
An intriguing voice and style – it took me a few pages to unravel what was going on, but once I got there, I was hooked.

What I liked:

  • This is postmodernism done to my liking
  • All the characters were wonderful
  • The voice! All the voices!
  • Part 2 was tremendous! 
  • The tale seems small, but it’s so immense in its exploration of environmentalism, identity, community, the imagination, family, and so on!

What I disliked:

  • Surprising nothing!

To put it simply: I loved this book. It’s not something I’d generally go for, but this little novel is perfection. I want to re-read it and teach and and drink it all up, over and over again.

Personal rating: 5/5
Personal shortlist: Definitely!
Personal winner: Extremely likely!

Professional rating: 4.5-5/5
Booker shortlist: Likely
Booker winner: Hopefully!