First Published in December 2018
Genre: Non Fiction
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Sypnosis from Pan Macmillian Australia:
‘The Revival of the Great Lucia Berlin Continues Apace’ New York Times
I received a copy of this book from Pan Macmillian Australia in exchange for an honest review – all thoughts are my own.
I feel like if I had known about Lucia Berlin before reading this book that I would have maybe appreciated this more, I mean, when I started reading this, not really knowing anything about the author or her books, I didn’t know what to expect, and I personally found that I felt like I was reading not so much a memoir but a string of descriptions, young Lucia parting with her father and travelling around with her mother and her ‘not very interesting’ sister.
This is where I sort of struggled to maintain any personal connection with this autobiography, I feel like through those glances at young Lucia’s life and then reading those letters to her friends when she was far from home and struggling to find her feet as a writer, what stood out more was the descriptions! I feel like rather than describing everything she saw and what she and her young sons and husband were up to, it would’ve been more interesting to draw on those personal faces that she would have come across and what triggered her inspiration to write and why she wanted to write- but I felt like this book definitley got bogged down in being too descriptive and perhaps less personable.