Melina Marchetta is a literary goddess!
Reading a Marchetta book should be a must for all readers. Seriously. This woman can write like no other and it’s not just about her writing but her characters and how real they are and how the heart of all her stories(be it fantasy or contemporary or adult fiction), is always about families ; the ones you’re born into and the ones you become a part of throughout your life and belonging. It’s about courage and loss and love.
I don’t read many thrillers but the ones I do read are pretty forgettable. Not this one. I finished this a few hours back but I want to read it again.
On the surface, this is a book about a bombing in France that seems linked to a terror attack in London years ago.
“Five dead. More injured. Some badly. It’s what happened when you were the son of Louise Sarraf: you became obsessed with victims and numbers and how many people were affected. One dead man meant kids and a wife and parents and brothers and sisters and in-laws and nieces and nephews. Injured kids meant the same. A mother. Father. Two sets of grandparents. Approximately seven aunts and uncles and at least fourteen cousins. Not to mention friends … Jamal had become a mathematician after his father blew up their lives. The figured tallied based on twenty-three fatalities fucked with his head every time. “
But like all of Marchetta’s books, this is really about the people. It’s about broken, yet whole families. It’s about home.
And I loved how Marchetta weaved in the brutal reality of the world. The prejudice that some have against others, the hatred, all this is something I see, having lived in India all my life. I see how people (and of neighboring countries) of certain ethnicity are perceived and I feel so ashamed for the human race. *sigh*
“It was a twelve-seater bus today. Twelve kids. Twenty-four parents. Thirty or so siblings. Forty-eight grandparents. All those people, and I haven’t even counted friends. Tonight, be a mathematician for the living and not the dead.”
I highly recommend this book or any of Marchetta’s books really.