Well, here I am taking a reviewer’s vacation to Cape Breton. By reading this book, I am fulfilling by Canadian Book Review Challenge. It is also on the East Coast. So, I am just going to keep reading from east to west during 2018-2018 for the Canadian Book Review Challenge.
This story is set in 1962 in Rio De Janeiro. A young woman walks into the waters off a crowded beach and vanishes.
A year later, her family–once a golden family of their privileged community, now prepare to leave behind the seeming paradise of Brazil in the wake of their eldest daughter’s presumed drowning.
As they attend a series of goodbye parties and count down the days to their departure, we are taken into the heart of a family whose many charms belie more troubling truths.
There is the family’s charismatic father whose bipolar extremes are becoming increasingly disturbing. His long-suffering wife has made a mistake that has shattering consequences for the family she was meant to protect. And their two remaining daughters, both on the precipice of joining the adult world with all its secrets and lies. Then there is the lost daughter herself, a woman undone by her attempts to grasp at happiness.
This story captures the soul of a family living in the shadow of tragedy, one on the brink of a new life, if only they could make peace with the past.
This book is captivating and beautifully written. It is so characteristic of East Coast writers.