It was four years ago that I walked into this book shop pictured above in Trastevere Rome. There was an english book section and I had cash to burn. Four years later, I finally decided to read the book I bought there.
I don’t know if it is possible to fall head over heels for a writer, but Linda Grant, boy do I have a thing for you (well, your book). Not only is her writing style an amazing work of art in itself, but the characters she creates transcend off the page as their inner thoughts are exposed and the plot unfolds in such a way that you can’t seem to stop turning each page. Linda Grant’s book The Clothes on Their Backs tells several stories in one. The overall theme being the human experience, and since we’re all a little vain, what’s not to love already!
The novel tells the story of a London born native to immigrant parents, parents who have sheltered her from knowing anything of their past, and don’t exactly encourage venturing out into the unknown.
“Until I was 10 I was completely unaware that I had a relative.”
That is until one day a mysterious knock on the door revelies a man who claims to be her uncle. Years later he would reveal much more about the families hidden past and his complicated business dealings that landed him in jail.
Grant takes us through an array of emotions as the main character learns to deal with loss, her recent discoveries of her family's past, and how to move forward in the reality she lives in but is uncertain of.
“Yet now I stood with a line of white at the roots of my hair, in my jeans and plucked at the green silk scarf round my ruined neck, for no one looked at me any more the way Vic had looked.”
Do yourself a favor and dive into the fictional world of the Kovacs family, the dealings of Benson Court, and the moral dilemmas each character faces. Ladies I advise you hop on amazon and click buy now. Happy reading!