The Art of Hiding, Amanda Prowse
Genre:General fiction (adult), Women’s Fiction
I love Amanda’s way of telling stories, bringing everyday scenes to life, showing us Real people in Real situations. This story hit the spot once more.
So, Nina’s life isn’t a real story for most, her situation is what many see as privileged, distant from the reality of money struggles most of us face. She’s got a husband who adores her, runs his own successful business, two lovely healthy boys at private school, and a house most can only dream of.
But is her life really so perfect? When Finn dies suddenly it all comes crashing down, and all the things she thought were real prove false. Its a real picture of the old adage Money doesn’t buy Happiness ( though I’m a great believer in that it does let you be miserable in comfort! Poverty doesn’t equate with happiness either…)
Faced with dealing with finding a home, job, school for the boys, sorting out finances, Nina slowly regains the sense of herself that had become lost in her marriage, where she’d tried so hard to please everyone that she’d forgotten who she was.
I love her sister Tiggy, the way she’s brash and yet practical, the way she’s there for Nina even when Nina seems to have left her far behind in her new shiny perfect life. They really get back that sister closeness, and I enjoyed seeing how Tiggy helped the old Nina come back.
The boys were pretty selfish to begin, but kids of that age often are. They do think life revolves around them, its only natural. When it all fell apart they reacted in very different ways, but it was clear how badly they both were hurting.
The other parents, their schoolfriends and their old school, the neighbour – its true you really find who your friends are when you need help. They were so horrible, and forced Nina to look at what she had considered priorities when she was in their situation.
Its another great read, very real, very thought provoking. It could have been a very grim read, and yet its not, its full of tiny light spots that lift it, a real rainbows from rain story. ( much nicer than lemons/lemonade)
I don’t do the book club thing, I like to read for me, enjoy a book and move on, but I can see this is a perfect read for clubs, with themes that will have people reacting differently and give lots to talk about.
Stars: five, a great read, giving lots to think over after.
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