LOVE, LOVE LOVED THIS BOOK!
I have read another book by Linda Olsson called ‘Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs’. It has the same slow, intropective, gentle tone to it but this novel ‘The Kindness of Your Nature’ was more raw and real to me than ‘Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs’.
The plot follows a retired doctor in her fifties who lives a solitary life on the west coast (Marianne) and a young, vulnerable boy with webbed hands and mild autism (Ika). As Marianne grows to love the and boy works with CYFs to rescue him from his abusive home, she reflects on the dark places in her own past. The story alternates between the present day, and Marianne’s memories. Both parts are incredibly rich and emotionally gripping and add together to make a story that is healing and restorative.
Although it is a slow read, I found that I couldn’t stop turning pages and have devoured this book in just three days. It is my favorite book of the year, so far.
Linda Olsson, was born Sweden and she brings a european sensibility to New Zealand literature which is fresh and new. I thoroughly enjoy her perspective and can’t wait to see what she will write next.
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