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“This day is no more significant than the one before, or the one before that. Little progress, if any, seems to be made. Yet, I keep trying, pushing, as if working towards something, even if that something cannot be named.”

Loss has left Ella Spinner alone to care for her husband, Bart, who suffers from clinical depression. Their days now echo the tides: any progress made,
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Paperback, 164 pages
Published September 4th 2014 by Modjaji
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Nerine Dorman
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Possibly the worst has happened to Ella. Not only has she lost her small son Kai under tragic circumstances, but she has also lost her husband. Bart might be there physically, but his spirit is locked away in a profound depression. Though the couple wants for nothing when it comes to their material needs, they no longer have much in the way of a relationship. Ella sits by helpless as Bart seems to drift further and further away, and the therapist isn’t helping.

At the heart of the matter, Ella is
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Karina Szczurek
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A meticulously crafted novel about a day in the life of a grieving woman. Having lived through the worst imaginable ordeal for a parent, Ella now has to take care of her husband who is suffering from severe depression. As each heart-breaking day dawns, she leaves massages in the sand for the sea to wash away. It is in the water that she also confronts her deepest hopes and worst fears. Poetic, full of insights, and simply beautiful, THIS DAY is an remarkable achievement.
C Hellisen
This Day is a tidal book, it moves with the waves as it gives us Ella's story - a mother without a son, a wife without a husband.

It is a story about how women are expected to shelve their own grief in order to care for others. In this case, the woman who has lost her child must deal not only with her own grief and guilt, but must submerge it under first caring for her hated MiL's own guilt and self-erosion, and then her husband's, all while trying to come to terms with the way in which she deals
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Maire Fisher
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brilliant-books
Haunting, elegiac, This Day is a book that worms its way into you as you read. The reading is compulsive, even when your heart is in your mouth and you don't want to turn the page because you know that the story is going to take you deeper into the sorrow that is Ella Spinner's life.

Ella took me into one day of her life - this one day where I watched her move through the chore of getting on with a life that has been torn apart by tragedy. What that tragedy was, I didn't know at first, but I did
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Tiah
Sep 02, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
- Every day we begin again. -
Penny de Vries
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sa-fiction
“Every day we begin again.” Every day Ella performs her own private ritual in homage to her son, Kai. Over the course of the day, the story of how he died is slowly revealed. The nature of his death is truly a bitter pill to swallow. Her struggle to live while shrouded in grief at times seems futile to her but something inside her compels her to continue. This Day is an exploration of the all-consuming nature of grief and the way every moment is laden with the knowledge that the extinguished lif ...more
Moira Richards
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ella Spinner has recently lost her young son to drowning and her husband to acute depression – it’s at times like this that the time-worn mantra, one day at a time, becomes so necessary if a person is to continue living with any sense of direction.

I found time amongst holiday visits with my children yesterday to read This Day from cover to cover, and I found it evocative and insightful with the protag's unstated wobbles along, and from, the line over which lies the abyss very powerful.
Mike Leggatt
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humanity
A beautifully written book. Clever, witty and deeply touching.
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Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
As Ian McEwan showed in his masterful novel, Saturday, so little can happen in a day – and so much. In This Day, Tiah Beautement gives an hour-by-hour account of a day in the life of Ella, who is not only struggling to survive the death of her child, but also the withdrawal from life of her husband. Candid yet sensitive, Beautement draws the reader into the depths of Ella's despair while never allowing her to seem unrealistically helpless. We see her frustration, fear and fury, and are reminded ...more
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Tiah Marie Beautement was born and raised in small town Oregon in the USA. Her university education was spread between St Mary’s in California and University of Cape Town. After graduation she found herself in the UK, picking up a South African husband, two children and a second citizenship (UK). In 2008 she moved to South Africa with her family. They live in the southern Cape on the Garden Route, ...more
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