This book is like the ‘Revenge’, no let me be kinder, the ‘Greys Anatomy’ of the literary novel genre. The fairly gripping plot is one of those ‘spanning generations’ types but with very well sketched characters that in their frailty and weaknesses remind me of one of my favourite authors, Anne Tyler. Even though you sometimes want to slap the very-very-goody-goody ones. But you do want to know what happens next and you’re profoundly sad when it is over…just like your favourite tv show. What saves this book from being completely Barbara Taylor Bradford is the poetic language, the interesting obsession with birds, and the obvious knowledge and passion the writer has for art. So there. Haven’t told you a thing. But I think you’re going to read it, aren’t you?
Simon & Schuster, 2013