Top positive review
Ageing, regrets and family issues, and narrative that pulls you into it all
Reviewed in Australia on 15 August 2021
I too have reached the age when my children are adults, and the regrets I have weight heavier some days than the sweet memories of parenting them as children. I too am ageing and dealing with trying to find purpose, trying to matter in some way and like the main character, I have my middle of night episodes where the flood of memories keeps me from the relief of sleep. The book enveloped my emotions slowly but surely, and I enjoyed the unfolding of the labyrinth story, where the main character decides to build a labyrinth then struggles what she wants and how to build it. At a certain point, actually quite early in the book, I realised there would be no amazing happy ending, instead there were small victories of acceptance, both given to Erica by other and reciprocated by her to her newly acquired community of neighbours. Thoroughly Australian but at the same time, universal in its themes.