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Blurry Lines is a tale of family, grief and loss set amongst the current coronavirus pandemic. This story is not like a lot of the pandemic fiction I have come across over the course of the past year. It’s not a science fiction take that places everything we’ve seen into some sort of dystopian, medical drama reality. This book, to play with the title slightly, blurs the lines between fact and fiction with a family’s story. The details and confusion of the spreading pandemic looming in the background, but existing as a catalyst to the experiences within the plot as opposed to the main focus.
Nathan, a physician, is a widower and single father who is in lockdown with his sister-in-law and her two children, all coping with the sudden death of Nathan’s brother from COVID-19. As he works to support Maria and her children, Nathan is also able to re-evaluate his life, with the distance from his normal routine during lockdown allowing him to see what impact his actions have on his family. I’m sure a lot of people, myself included, will have taken the time to reflect on their lives and look for opportunities to change, develop and improve going forward.
I think the author expertly uses the coronavirus outbreak to spark recognition in the readers, allowing them to connect deeply with the characters as well as take the time to remember their own perspective as they read. The author then manages to develop this further by going on to incorporate an evaluation of the human condition in a way that feels, if not relatable because the reader has already done it, but inspiring, allowing the reader to take a moment to reflect on their own life and experiences.
All of the characters in this book are very well-crafted, believable and endearing. Tayo Emmanuel also offers an insight into a different culture throughout the book, including details of Nathan’s upbringing in Lagos. To me, this adds even more depth and detail to an already immersive book. This book is created with honesty and vulnerabilities, and I think it is a brilliant literary insight into the realities of a family, love, loss and grief in this unprecedented world.
She’s a free spirit, he’s her brother-in-law; the pandemic is set to change the dynamics …Widowed single parent, Nathan Araba has always lived by social rules to keep his life in balance. But a family reunion is about to tip him to the edge when he gets stranded in London. Grief threw Nathan into Maria’s arms the first time. Now, she’s married to his brother and she has only Nathan to help her through her grief when coronavirus invaded the Araba’s household. Bound together in the lockdown, emotions start running amok.As Nathan tries to keep his family from falling apart, he is torn between embracing the love he needs or the rules he’s always lived by.
'Tayo Emmanuel lures the reader her readers into the world of her characters, leaving them to figure out what next could follow.’ Tell Magazine
Publication date: 14/11/2020
Publisher: Total Word Publishers
|Publication date:||14th November 2020|
|Publisher:||Total Word Publishers|
|Genres:||Family Drama, Indie Author Books, Indie Books We Love, Relationship Stories,|