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Up From the Blue by Susan  Henderson
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Feb 06, 2011

it was amazing
Read in February, 2011

This is an exquisitely presented study of a very broken family, who are quite literally hiding their secrets behind closed doors. It is about children who are old enough to carry the shame, but who require the sanctity of their parents love regardless. It is about the slow breakdown of a woman, a marriage, and a family. This is beautifully written, and brilliantly constructed. Told from the perspective of Tilly, the seven year old daughter, Up From the Blue surprises thoughout - by showing sides of stories that you didn't expect. Changing my opinion of characters, and their motivations, and ensuring I never got too sure of myself in my judgement of the characters. This fabulous first novel succeeded in breaking my heart slowly, piece by piece. There are lines in this novel that will stay with me forever. A story about the unconditional love of children, and the damage that parents can inflict. And most poignant of all, the understanding that parents don't have to be perfect, just present! Susan Henderson will certainly be on the top of my wish list for future novels - can't wait for more!
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Alison I will take quotes from your review to my book club. Wonderfully said!

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