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Nine Days by Toni Jordan
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it was amazing

This book. Loved it so much. Written in an unusual but purposeful way the story is told through the eyes of nine family members about a momentous or pivotal day in their life. The characters are all interrelated and the reader is drawn into how they are all connected by the different time frames and experiences that span across three generations. Inspired by a photograph (front cover) from the State Library of Victoria's Argus newspaper collection of war photographs Toni Jordan named the two fictitious people Connie and Jack and created the story from them. There is so much warmth, humour and much love in this novel with each chapter cleverly building the momentum. It captures the second world war era of rations, of telegrams and heartbreak and also the people, sounds and features of Melbourne at that time. The backstreets of Richmond, the physical and cultural divide between the suburbs of Richmond and South Yarra and the hard choices that women often had to make as they were left running families and businesses on their own. Well researched and so beautifully written with many messages to take away.
Love this quote from Grandpa Kip to his grandson Alec " Alec. You must know this. People disappear. they just go puff. Thin air. Everytime you see someone, you never know if you're seeing them for the last time. Drink them in, Alec. Kiss them. It's very important. Never let anyone say goodbye, even for a little while, without kissing them. Press your lips against the people you love. Hands, they can touch anything. Open doors, hold cameras, hang clothes on the line. It's lips that matter" .
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Reading Progress

January 1, 2020 – Started Reading
January 1, 2020 – Shelved
January 10, 2020 – Finished Reading

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