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The Trick to Time by Kit de Waal
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The Trick To Time is a heartfelt novel about grief, imagination, and memory. It tells the story of Mona, who came over to Birmingham from Ireland in the 1970s, fell in love, and then found herself in tragic circumstances. Decades later by the sea, she runs a doll shop and seems too caught by the past to do much outside of her routine.

The narrative cuts between Mona in the present day and the story of her life from growing up in Ireland to meeting William in Birmingham and marrying him. In this way, it can focus on the past and memories whilst showing the reasons behind some of Mona’s modern day actions and choices. Her life in the present is at a kind of crossroads, with her shop assistant leaving for a new job, a big birthday happening, and a new neighbour interested in her. This is the kind of novel that is about falling into the world and emotion of the characters, and thinking about grief and imagination through its lenses.

The Trick To Time will appeal to those who enjoy novels about characters and about big themes like grief and love that take place over decades.
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Reading Progress

January 14, 2018 – Started Reading
January 14, 2018 – Shelved
January 17, 2018 – Finished Reading

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