Saturday, June 1, 2013

Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French

This a story written by the memories of friends and relatives of a woman in a coma.  It's unknown if she will recover or not.  Her visitors either love her or hate her.  And it takes all those various conversations to find out just what happened to Silvia and why...

Harper Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published this month, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

Silvia is married and has two children.  When she decides to help a friend and makes a momentous decision that changes her life, she pushes her family away.  She doesn't tell them why, she just acts cold and won't have anymore contact with them.  As those relationships head south, a new relationship comes to life.  It's not a healthy relationship for Silvia.

As you read the pieces of the story you begin to see some connection between all the characters; you also learn why Silvia did what she did with her family.  It doesn't make you like her any better, but it does help you understand.

While Silvia's health is in doubt, her family members are coming to term with her behavior and are healing.  Interpersonal relationships can be dark and demanding, but there is some lightness in this book.  It was an interesting read with a kicker at the ending.  I found it entertaining.  

Happy reading.

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