This guest review comes to us from the quaint sea side town of Lymington, England from none other than Fiona Kelly. Having grown up in London in the 60s & 70s, even womanning the counters of Libertys (iconic!). Her family roots lye in Blankenese in Hamburg, Germany. Fionas Mother, Dita, moved to London after meeting a strapping young police officer post WWII and so the family continues to spread its roots all over the world after her youngest son Jason Kelly met a strapping young kiwi gal making NZ his home. Spoiler alert: I’m the strapping young kiwi gal.
Run River by Joan Didion is a story about marriage, murder and betrayal based on the history of California. Everett McClellan and his wife, Lily, are the great-grandchildren of pioneers, and what happens to them is a tragic epilogue to the pioneer experience. This is a fiction novel, which leaves you asking yourself ‘but is it’? Nearly all stories are based on something someone knows, or has heard about people’s lives.
For me a book is always about how it is written and this author writes in a very unique way however it is easy to read and is so clever, unique and such a tale! You have to stay sharp to follow and when you have reached the end you need to go back and read the beginning again...... just to be sure! A truly brilliant piece of work. Pure escapism, which is exactly what a story should be.
I would like to order Run River by Joan Didion but I can’t find it in your site apart from the review-how would I go about ordering it from you?