Title: Life Drawing
Author: Robin Black
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Random House (July 15th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
“Augusta and Owen have moved to the country, and live a quiet, and rather solitary life, Gus as a painter, Owen as a writer. They have left behind the city, and its associations to a troubled past, devoting their days to each other and their art. But beneath the surface of this tranquil existence lies the heavy truth of Gus’s past betrayal, an affair that ended, but that quietly haunts Owen, Gus and their marriage.
When Alison Hemmings, a beautiful British divorcée, moves in next door, Gus, feeling lonely and isolated, finds herself drawn to Alison, and as their relationship deepens, the lives of the three neighbors become more and more tightly intertwined. With the arrival of Alison’s daughter Nora, the emotions among them grow so intense that even the slightest misstep has the potential to do irrevocable harm to them all.”
I won’t say much about what Life Drawing is about, the blurb says more than enough, the rest you need to discover by yourself to get the full effect of this story.
It’s pretty clear Mrs. Black has a gift with words and knows how to write. She made this story feel so real that I couldn't stop thinking this could happen to anyone. One single mistake and the many repercussions it could have, one wrong decision and your life will change drastically, or how simply trusting somebody with our secrets can be the worst decision we could ever make, despite that person never having the intention of betraying us.
Even though there is a hint on the beginning of the book about how everything is going to end, I can say that the way things developed took me by surprise, leaving me feeling completely gutted. It’s been a long time since a book has made me feel as strong as this book did.
Life Drawing is a compelling book about marital problems, the consequences of betrayal, honesty, insecurities and intimacy. It also delves into other problems like having a father with Alzheimer's and growing up without a mother.
Life Drawing is told in first person; being in Gus head makes it easy to understand her and feel what she was feeling. The emotions Life Drawing made me feel were so strong I’m still trying to recover from it.
I recommend this book to literary fiction fans or to anybody who would like to read a really good emotional book.
Life Drawing was my first book by Robin Black, but I can guarantee you it won’t be my last.
My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
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