First of all, I really enjoyed this book. It was a good read with interesting characters. Well written.
It’s the story of Charleen, a divorcee, traveling to Toronto to attend the wedding of her elderly mother. It has all the pieces you’d expect – leaving behind an awkward situation or two at home, walking in to strange family dynamics and mixed emotions as families change. With a few twists thrown in to keep you interested.
However, I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was a whole other level of the novel that I just wasn’t seeing. Perhaps it’s just flashbacks to my high school English class, but I kept looking for symbolism and wondering where the bunny holes were heading.
By all appearances, the book is set in the 1970s in Vancouver and Toronto and I found it interesting how much has changed in that time. In particular, as I was reading I was thinking that Charleen was considerably older, only to discover she’s in her late thirties. She acts older than her thirties, though, to be fair, her life hasn’t been easy.
I would definitely recommend this book to those who like reading. The prose is a little dense and Shields loves her descriptive passages, but as a whole the book really holds together and is enjoyable.