Wednesday, 7 December 2016
The Quiet Spectacular by Laurence Fearnley
A hidden hut complete with a James Bond cutout and flowers serves as a refuge, and eventual meeting place, for three women trying to find meaning and direction in their very different lives.
Chance is a troubled creative teenager with a controlling mother, who finds solace in her school library.
Riva is a successful business woman, trying to fulfill a promise to her dying sister to save a local wetlands.
Loretta is a harried school librarian, researching dangerous women while trying to find courage in her home and work life.
The Quiet Spectacular is a gentle well crafted read with lovely prose.
However, if I am honest I didn't love it. I certainly didn't hate it either.
Maybe the clue is in the title, which relates to the characters, plot and landscape.
The problem is I did love Edwin + Matilda and The Hut Builder - both such excellent reads; so perhaps I had overly high expectations.
Reviewed by Katrina
Catalogue link: The Quiet Spectacular