The Hand That First Held Mine - Maggie O'Farrell

I have belatedly discovered Maggie O'Farrell, but I am entranced. She has a striking writing style: clear and concise, blunt and at times brutal. Nonetheless her sentence construction and word choice are filled with eloquence and poetry. The Hand that First Held Mine weaves together the stories of two couples in postwar and modern London, shifting back and forth in time to gradually reveal points of connection in their city and their lives. We meet a woman who abruptly leaves her parents and claims a new identity in London, a writer returned from war, a young mother with severe blood loss from giving birth who may have post partum depression and a young man with no memory of his childhood. By living in the present, they avoid or forget the past, but their memories seep in and carry the plot forward.
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ISBN: 9780547423180
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Published: Mariner Books - January 26th, 2011