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Her to Paris to forget about things to start again It has snowed in the night and waking at dawn Rosy decides to go for a walk At the hotel desk there's a note for her 'I'm waiting for you X' And he is sitting in the corner of a cafe as she enters almost at random They talk He touches her She turns away and when she looks again he is gone Was he there Had she dreamed him And why when he e mails her. A slow burn type of book which to be honest would appeal to a reader only if they have experienced the same raw vulnerability that comes with loving with complete abandonment Total giving of heart body and soul The characters in the book did feel two dimensional at first and took a bit time you have to last at least halfway in to give them time to fully flesh out In some ways the loss of a baby of the protagonist Nicole reminds me of the real story loss of another book I had read in the past two years by Sonali Deraniyagala called Wave which illustrated in painful stupor filled detail the loss of her entire family in the 2004 Indian Ocean Boxing Day Tsunami I found it therapeutic to read this book instead of the immense sadness from reading Sonali s real life account But if you enjoy a dig deep type of read about the female mind grappling with loss and regrets then this is book will take you on a journey that you least expect to Though my only first world gripe is that I wished I liked the protagonist

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The Story of You

Out of the blue two days later does he write as though they haven't met for twenty years The Story of You is an account of a woman trying to get by as a mother a wife while falling in love with a man from a memory As always Julie Myerson maps the vagaries of the human heart with extraordinary empathy and precision while at the same time keeping the reader in breathless suspense and on the edge of tea. I didn t believe in the characters and I didn t like this book

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This book begins with snow the story of you It is a freezing room in a student house a sagging mattress on the floor and two people one nineteen the other twenty kissing passionately all night It is to this scene that twenty years later Rosy the narrator of Julie Myerson's astonishing new novel returns obsessively She has just lost a child in a terrible careless accident and Tom her partner has taken. Myerson s prose is almost poetic and I found myself entranced from the very first paragraph The story is beautifully written as Myerson weaves together memories of an encounter many years ago with the story of todayRosy the central character and the voice of the novel is battling to keep her family life on track following the tragic death of her youngest daughter When her husband takes her away to Paris she takes a walk in the snow at the crack of dawn and meets a man who was once the boy she spent the night with than twenty years ago on that memorable night that continues to haunt herWhen she returns home she strikes up an email conversation with the man who behaves as though they haven t seen each other for twenty yearsMyerson weaves the past and the present together in such a way that the true account of her daughter s tragic death isn t made clear until than half way through the novel The relationship she has with Tom her almost husband is a stark contrast to the affair she strikes up with you the man who understands her in a way no one else ever has and whose name the reader never learnsI couldn t put this book down as I wanted to know about the events of the past and whether Rosy s lover really existed I wondered whether he was real a figment of her imagination a ghost or even an hallucinationThe Story of You took my breath away made my heart ache and made me think about the preciousness of love relationships and the simple gestures and understandings that draw people togetherIt s been almost three days since I finished reading the book and I still find myself thinking about it which is why I ve decided to award The Story of You by Julie Myerson the elusive 6 star rating at Blue Archipelago Reviews

10 thoughts on “The Story of You

  1. says:

    This was a really fascinating book I'm not actually sure I enjoyed reading it but the writing was so powerful and at times raw that I felt it had to have five stars The story centres around one woman's grief I won't spoil the plot and how she essentially has a mental breakdown I like the ambiguity of it all I still wasn't sure at the end whether or not she was going slightly mad or experiencing something supernatural As

  2. says:

    Myerson’s prose is almost poetic and I found myself entranced from the very first paragraph The story is beautifully written as Myerson wea

  3. says:

    Rating and review to come laterThe story of lovers Rosy and 'You' who separated by years and tragedy meet again one winter which is the season that connects their past with their presentI liked this a great deal

  4. says:

    This was not my kind of book really It started off promisingly written in the second person 'you' which caught my attention as it's such an unusual way to write As the story went on though this began to grate and the writing felt a

  5. says:

    This is a beautiful haunting work of fiction and one of the best studies of obsessive memory I have read It captur

  6. says:

    A slow burn type of book which to be honest would appeal to a reader only if they have experienced the same raw vulnerabilit

  7. says:

    I didn't believe in the characters and I didn't like this book

  8. says:

    A strange book I do not think I have ever read anything like it though this could be purely down to me needing to read Rosy has suffered a terrible tragedy in her family and is finding it hard to readjust to normal life with her partner Tom and two sons On a anniversary trip to Paris she runs into a old friend but something seems to make her wonder if she imagined him being there to confirm this an email from him arrives soon after imply

  9. says:

    From the opening line I was entranced by this book It evoked powerful feelings of a long ago love that never really came to fruition all tangled up with current feelings of loss over a different kind of love that between mother and childIts

  10. says:

    I've had to revisit this review as this book has stayed in my psyche since finishing it I particuarly enjoyed the first half or so

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