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Thaw [Kindle Edition]

Satya Robyn
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the best-selling author of The Most Beautiful Thing.

"Wise, true and moving, Thaw poses important questions about how and why we live." ~Esther Morgan

Ruth is facing the biggest decision of her life – whether to end it.

Thirty two-year-old scientist Ruth White is looking for a reason to carry on living. Lonely and stricken by grief, she gives herself three months to decide whether to go on beyond her thirty-third birthday and begins to record her thoughts in her daily diary.

When Ruth meets the eccentric Red, an artist who Ruth commissions to paint her portrait, she feels the faint stirrings of something that has been missing from her life for so long: love.

But can Red thaw Ruth’s frozen heart – and does he want to? While Ruth tries to rebuild relationships with friends and family, the clock is ticking. Can Red save Ruth from herself and make her believe life is worth living – before it’s too late…

Thaw is an intense and thought-provoking read that will appeal to anyone who has ever been touched by the healing power of love. Once again, the bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Thing applies her insight and shows us how, even when there appears to be none, there is always hope.

Satya Robyn previously wrote under the name of Fiona Robyn.

"Satya Robyn is a thoughtful and moving writer, who has a great sense of human emotion" ~Michael Kimball

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  • File Size: 405 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
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  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
British author Satya Robyn has written a visceral, poignant, and often agonizing story of a young woman named Ruth White who at 32-years-of-age doesn't know whether she wants to be 33. Her small life is unfulfilling, seemingly void of love or meaning, and the death of her mother when she was a young girl haunts her still.

Her relationships are strained and awkward and her self-esteem is almost non-existent, even though she is well-educated and works as a microbiologist. Ruth is very good about saving her money and compulsive about keeping a tidy flat, in which she harbors her deep, dark secrets. Ruth has decided to give herself three months in which to make up her mind about whether she will commit suicide. In her daily diary entries we unravel the mystery of her past, bear witness to her present, and ultimately root for her future.

Robyn shares Ruth's tale in a first person narrative of magnificent prose. In a very clever form of self-marketing, she created a blog for the book that was launched on March 1, 2010 and posted an entry every day for 3 months. She also used Facebook to spread the word and created a remarkable reading event for those of us willing to take the ride with her. She is an excellent, courageous writer who has created one of the most honest and truthful characters I have ever come across. I care about Ruth more than I've cared for any fictional character in a very long time. She is embedded in my consciousness. Satya Robyn has written something painfully beautiful.

She has also written about depression with much clarity and compassion. I fell in love with Ruth and found myself hoping for her happiness and wanting her relationship with Red, the Russian artist who paints her portrait, to blossom into a love she could find redemption within.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, honest look at a wounded life May 13, 2013
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I read this book in one sitting because I grew to care so much about Ruth, the main character, that I couldn't stand the suspense of wondering what she would decide at the end of her three months. Ruth is portrayed in an honest and heartbreaking way as we explore her past wounds and the challenges those create in her current life through her eyes. Her slow reveal of her story in her journal makes her sympathetic and astoundingly real.

The other characters that populate Ruth's life are also drawn in realistic ways with all of the complexities that real people in real life bring to the table. There are no people who are all good or all bad, and there are no fairy tale endings. Just real people doing their best to muddle through life.

This is a beautiful story that takes on a tough subject with all of the complexity of real life, but it's told in a honest but compassionate way that will make you care deeply about the characters. The ending is absolutely perfect, and the story and its characters have stayed in my mind well beyond the end of the book. Really great writing!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A roller coaster of emotions April 23, 2013
By Plod
Format:Kindle Edition
A roller coaster ride that leaves one a little disturbed, but is remarkably honest. There are lots of great thought provoking insights which leaves me wondering how much the author has experienced herself.

Certainly worth reading - if for the style alone. Each day is diariesed and really readable. To say more would mean a spoiler alert (which is not my style). Towards the end I found myself speeding up my reading to find out the ulimate answer of Ruths three month quest to decide if she will choose life or death.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I only read to the end to see if she finally decided to kill herself or not and didn't even get any resolution. This is the most depressing book I have ever read. All in all, a very unsatisfying experience. Wish I had not wasted my time on it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't really relate May 30, 2013
By Faye
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I am shocked at the number of people who liked this. This girl was not that damaged in childhood. She was a wimp, she expected nothing of herself. Said she had no life and no friends but when she started acquiring some friends that didn't help her either. Even got a boyfriend "Red". That was a little bit interesting, that relationship. I would like to have known whether she killed her self or not. That certainly wasn't clear in the end. Either these reviewers are far different from me and what I like or they have been paid to be complimentary to sell books. Sorry it was a pitifully boring book with a weak main character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thaw April 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn't planning on reading Thaw so quickly, but I couldn't help myself! It's not so much that I was dying to know how it ended, I was just enjoying the "journey", I suppose, of getting to the end. I really like Fiona Robyn's writing, her prose was quite beautiful in parts.

I'm not sure I ever exactly loved Ruth, the main character. I think because we're a lot more alike than I'd like to admit. Reading her story brought back quite a few memories since I went through some of the things she went through. Not giving myself an ultimatum to end my life, but other sad, hard things comparable to (and sometimes the same as) her issues detailed in the story.

Some of our ponderings were similar too; a sentence would stand out here and there like a twin to something written in my own journal. At times reading was even a little bit painful, like catching a glimpse of your reflection on a bad hair day. But it was also, almost... cathartic, I think?

Anyway, I'm just rambling. This was a great read and I'm glad I came across it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine book
This was by no means an easy book to read. In fact, I found it to be bitterly painful a lot of the time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Adri
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
It felt very real. I liked the rawness of it. The ending didn't do it for me but overall a quick, good read.
Published 3 months ago by Kristine Duran
3.0 out of 5 stars A change of heart.
I was not sure I would like it when I started but then found it thought provoking and hoping for a happy ending.
Published 3 months ago by Jessie Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars EMOTIONAL
I usually don't read books that are somewhat depressing, however, I found this an emotional and thought provoking book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by atabarac
5.0 out of 5 stars Touched
Extremely moving, made me question all throughout...well, all. I related at times more than I thoRught I should, but I liked what it sparked. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant poetic look inside depression
In language that alternates between mundane narrative and exquisite poetry, the feeling of deep depression unfolds brilliantly. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. McMillian
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
And painful. If you are sad or ever considered suicide, this book will speak to you. If you lost a parent when you were young, this book will speak to you. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cathryn
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Say Enough Good Things
This book touched me so deeply. I haven't been this moved by a book in years. I'm not sure how a book can be so sad and yet so hopeful at the same time, but it is the perfect... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kelly J. Clardy
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking
I related more than I thought I would with Ruth. I didn't want to put the book down because I just had to see what happened next.
Published 11 months ago by CloudDancer
2.0 out of 5 stars Thaw
I didn't care for this book. Very depressing story. I don't know if my friends would read this story,but you never know.
Published 11 months ago by Kathy Fleming
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More About the Author

Satya Robyn lives in the green skirts of the Malvern hills in the UK. Her new novel 'Afterwards' is out now.

Her last novel 'The Most Beautiful Thing' is a Kindle best-seller and follows 14 year old Joe's adventures in Amsterdam with his chaotic aunt Nel.

Her previous novels are 'Thaw', 'Small Kindnesses' and 'The Letters' and her other books include 'A Year of Questions: How to slow down and fall in love with life'.

She runs the mindful writing company 'Writing Our Way Home' which she co-founded with her husband Kaspa. She is the inventor of the short mindful writing form, 'small stones'.

She also works as a psychotherapist and is a Pureland Buddhist priest.

She loves growing vegetables, paying attention, vegan cupcakes, goldfinches, earl grey & her three cats, Fatty, Tsuki & Roshi.

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