Coming-of-age story by accomplished author is a gentle simmering read
THOSE familiar with the work of British human rights lawyer turned poet Mona Arshi will be aware of her gentle, free-flowing writing style, and her ability to convey deep meaning with minimal words.
She has used this style of poetic prose in her upcoming debut novel, out on November 16.
This highly accomplished book is a deeply emotional story that can be best described as snapshots of a young mind.
The story revolves around a young girl from a troubled family who finds shelter in silence from outside storms, in particular her mother’s mental illness and struggles to fit into a suburban society.
It is an emotional journey of a relatable protagonist, but also a moving exploration of how she copes with coming of age under difficult circumstances.
What makes the book unique is instead of delivering a linear tale from start to finish, the story unfolds through vignettes in a diary-like manner, giving intriguing glimpses of a disjointed memory. It confronts difficult themes but manages to do so with a sense of calm that is quite extraordinary, making this accomplished work a gentle simmering read.
Those who suffered alone in silence as youngsters will relate, as will those who are experiencing that now. Although it’s a little hard to access at first, by the end, the rich prose is captivating without the need for unnecessary words. The interesting characters are well delivered, and their relationships are well explored. The pages are scattered with plenty of revelations and heartbreakingly beautiful moments.
Those who love descriptive books with added drama and pages full of prose may be left a little disappointed, but if they immerse themselves in the poetic words by a clearly accomplished writer, they will find plenty of joy.
Don’t be surprised if you end up reflecting on your own childhood while you are reading this book.
Title: Somebody Loves You
Author: Mona Arshi
Publisher: And Other Stories