Sunday, March 6, 2011
I want to start off by saying that I won this book recently in a Goodreads giveaway and, apart from an interesting blurb on the back, I really didn't know what to expect.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover how much I truly enjoyed reading this book! I was drawn into the lives of Dr. Ben Wasserman, and his wife, Renata Moon, right from the start. Ben is an organ transplant psychiatrist and Renata is a psychologist, but for two people who've devoted their careers to an ability and necessity built on communication with relative strangers, their own marriage is slowly falling apart due to their inability to communicate effectively with one another.
Add in Ben's widowed mother, Molly, who's allowed a man from her past back into her life, and you have a recipe for awkwardness and misunderstandings, overshadowed by deep secrets on all sides.
And yet, despite the frustration of watching from the inside as people struggle to keep their deepest feelings from those they love the most, I found myself caring very much about each and every one of them. Holz has created characters who are as real as they are flawed, and each one is painfully honest - not with one another, nor with themselves, but with me, the reader. So attached to these people was I that, when I turned a page to find myself suddenly at the end, a genuine sadness came over me and I was reluctant to let them go.
There is a sense of smoothness and heartbreaking fluidity in Holz's writing style as she breathes life into these characters, and the people who inhabit their daily lives. Spellbound by their decent into darker places, we watch - equally entranced - as they find those tiny moments to breathe for; a bit of magic, to bring back the light.