I read this book back in December, and have been uncertain about whether or not I should share a review on the blog. It's such a beautiful book that is still resonating with me now and I'm not sure that I can find the words to write a review; however, I think it's such an under-the-radar book that I wanted to share a few thoughts, just in case it prompts someone out there in the blogosphere to give this book a chance.
What immediately drew me to this book was its beautiful cover. The picture online doesn't do the book justice, since it's so much more beautiful in person. When I read the author's bio and saw that she has an MFA in poetry, I knew that I would love the book. And I did.
Here's the blurb from the inside of the dust jacket:
I came here because it's pine-dark and the ocean's wild. The kind of quiet-noise you need when there's too much going on in your head. Like the water and the woods are doing the feeling, and I can hang out, quiet as a headstone, in a between place, a place that could swallow me if I need it to.
Gives you goosebumps, hey? Without giving away too much of the storyline, our narrator has just suffered through the death of her boyfriend and, after a period of extended silence, has decided to live with her dad for a while so that she can grieve. What unfolds is a story so simple, yet beautiful and absolutely heartfelt. I have so much love for this book. I'm gifting my copy to my younger sister for her birthday because I have a feeling that the story will touch her heart too, but in a different and perhaps even more profound way than how it touched mine.