Repetition is key (that’s not a musical joke!) and scenes which appear similar (between members of a pair of characters or between two pairs) are poised to act like echoes. (If the first round doesn’t resonate with a reader, this will feel more like a jingle than a symphony.)
Fingers move across keys, buttons and strings. Melodies cascade over memories and hearts. This is both something unique and personal and also something communal and cultural. The means of creating it can, however, be sacrificed – deliberately – or lost – tragically or quietly (sometimes unnoticed). “Without clocks or people to pace it out, the darkness spread out and out like the sea, like she could sink into it, away.”
In other words
Links to reviews from the other Giller Prize 2018 shadow jury members: Alison, Kim and Naomi (links live when available).
This is one of the twelve books chosen for the longlist for the 2018 Giller Prize, which was announced on September 17, 2018 and selected by the 2018 jury which includes Kamal Al-Solaylee, Maxine Bailey, John Freeman, Philip Hensher and Heather O’Neill.
On October 1st, five other books were advanced to the shortlist and one of those will be chosen to win the prize on November 19th. This year I am reading with the shadow jury, with Alison and Kim and Naomi, who have committed to reading this shortlist in its entirety.