White Swan, Lono Waiwaiole

White Swan, Lono Waiwaiole

White Swan by [Lono Waiwaiole]

Genre: | General Fiction (Adult), Literary Fiction

I wasn’t sure about requesting this, but am so glad I did. Its more of a journey read, one to savour each sentence, every event, more than a story where you race through to get to the end.

Eddie is a wonderful character but losing his parents, and killing his much loved cousin in a tragic accident really impacted on him, and that carried through to adulthood. In some ways he destroys his own happiness, its as if he feels he doesn’t deserve any. Yet he does, I so wanted that happy ending for him, for things to work out between him and his girlfriend. He faces such a barrier through life, his own circumstances, and of course the prejudice that always follows anyone in a minority group.

He loved Evelyn as soon as he saw her, still a child, and I feel that love never really left him, even though she married another, and he had other relationships. I was so angry with her even as I understood what she was doing, that she couldn’t continue to be the only one working at their relationship. It almost feels like Eddie is unconsciously sabotaging his own happiness through that guilt.
That makes it sound as if its a doom and gloom read, and its not. There’s so much going on, so much to see, a snapshot of life back in the sixties.
There are some interesting friendships, heartbreaking times when Eddie talks to his mum at her grave, when his father dips briefly back into his life, and of course his much loved grandfather who sees in Eddie a replica of his son, Eddie’s dad. He worries for him knowing how hard his dad found life, and how much Eddie misses having parents.
Eventually it feels like life turns full circle and that lost little boy is a dad and granddad himself, and those childhood relationships become family.
It didn’t have the ending I wanted for Eddie 😦 but it was still a good ending, a content one if not the one I wanted. I felt Eddie finally found peace and a way to live.

Stars: Five, a fabulous slow read novel, one to enjoy each chapter, to soak in the life that’s revealed and the way it affects Eddie.

Arc via netgalley and publishers

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