"With an unforgettable lead, this powerful and intimate LoveReading Star Book about the love of family and friendship deserves to fly."
An oh-so intimate, astute, and beautifully eloquent novel that revels in family and friendship while the protagonist learns who she is and what she wants from life. Wonderfully different Eadie Browne is bullied at school but finds two friends in Celeste and Josh, as they leave their childhood behind and enter life at university their relationships with each other and their families begin to change. I absolutely love Freya North’s writing, I've been a fan since her debut and have loved the transition in style across the years. She encourages me sink into her novels and makes me feel as though the world she has created is just for me. Even if I haven’t experienced the issues she is writing about, I feel as though I have as I am able to emotionally connect with the words on the page. Eadie Browne tells her story, and allows us complete access. Authentic and vibrant, she shines like a beacon, her flaws, concerns and fears are relatable. We see her at two stages of her life and I was fully involved and invested in both. Intrigue is created, I wanted to know what had happened to bring her to her later life. While this novel undoubtedly has Eadie Browne at its centre, the other characters within are beautifully vivid and full of life in their own right. The sense of place that is created is immense, from her home, to the cemetery, school, and even the van. Manchester in particular shouts and sings its way across the page and the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s are ALIVE! Eadie and her friends have tucked themselves into a corner of my heart, and there they will remain and I will cherish their company. This novel will be one of my favourite reads of the year and so I’ve also added it as a Liz Pick of the Month. The Unfinished Business of Eadie Browne is a joyously emotional whole heap of wonderful and I recommend it with my heart and soul.
|Modern and Contemporary Fiction