Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Hand Me Down World

Lloyd Jones has written another novel that captured my reading heart as much as Mister Pip did.  Lloyd Jones's characters are so utterly human that one expects them to walk out of the pages and into reality.

Hand Me Down World is about a woman, a mother looking for her child, and all the people she encounters on her journey.  These people in turn report their impressions of the woman they met and tell their stories to create the tale of this woman's search for her child.  It is only near the end that we hear the woman's story, or rather the story of both the woman in this novel.  Beautifully written, full of compassion, emotional depth and tender insight into how a mother would feel at losing her child and the great lengths she would go to to find that child.

I couldn't put this book down and I couldn't stop thinking about it afterwards. 

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