- ‘The animal was walking straight toward the viewer through a night that was murky, misty, hazy, wet. It looked like an apparition, like a giant creature coming out of the gloom with not entirely benign intentions. Its shoulders were enormous. Its fur was matted and wet. It looked like something that would be stalking this earth for another few millennia.’ (This passage is taken from an ARC copy and may be different in the final published copy)
For me, this book is very much about the intricacies of relationships. Claire and her father, Claire and her husband Harrison, Claire and her daughter Bailey and even Claire with herself.
It all starts with Claire never having had a close relationship with her father. He left the family when Claire was young and he wasn’t the type of man who could show his emotions well as Claire grew up. Therefore, she grew up not feeling loved by him and actually belittled by him because he felt his genius had skipped her generation and fallen upon her daughter Bailey instead. Bailey is beautiful and outgoing and you get the strong feeling of maybe jealousy on the part of Claire that Bailey has had everything she’s ever wanted including the love of her father. With her husband, while they have a good and comfortable relationship she wonders if he’ll ever actually be able to get inside her skin—or would they remain distanced in that way. Claire’s relationship with Bailey is such a rocky one. Sure Claire makes mistakes—some serious ones where Bailey is concerned—but at times Bailey could be so harsh towards her mother that it hurt me. I wonder if some of Claire’s father’s attitudes had rubbed off on Bailey since she had spent so much time with him.
Ultimately, after spending time getting her father’s things arranged after his death, Claire finds out things about him that she never knew before. These things bring her to an important understanding about her father and towards her father. She knows that they had more in common with each other than she had ever dared to hope and I think this brings her comfort and more of a plan of where to go with her future.
Jennie Nash’s writing is beautiful-it was like a bouquet of words to me. The sentences and thoughts just flow one into another. Photography is a huge part of this book as are descriptions and this is something that I really enjoyed. I love when an author can take words and make them into something I can feel in my soul when I read them. Another passage I want to share is, of course, about food. Here Claire is reading a menu that is posted on a cafe window…
- ‘…almond biscotti dipped in Valrhona dark chocolate, mango sorbet with coconut crisps, creme brulee with fresh raspberry coulis. I imagined exactly the way each of them looked—the precise way that the almonds in the biscotti winked as if they were knowing eyes, the way the coconut stuck out of the crisps like wisps of wayward hair, the way the coulis pooled around the creme brulee as if the dessert were a little island in a sea of summer.’ (This passage is taken from an ARC copy and may be different in the final published copy)
Her words truly brought about such vivid scenes in my mind. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys photography mixed in with a real life kind of story that touches your heart along the way. This book reminded me of the importance of capturing memories in film and telling the people you love that you love them before it’s too late.
Thank you Jennie for the opportunity to review this wonderful book. I truly enjoyed it. You can visit Jennie’s website here and make sure to come back tomorrow to Peeking Between the Pages for a guest post from Jennie. Jennie’s book is available to purchase today, February 3 and can be ordered here in the US and here in Canada.