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Better Than Its Off-Putting Opening,
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This book opens in an oddly rhythmic fashion. It’s a rather alienating opening and difficult to catch that initial connection between reader and characters. The actions are shockingly violent and the point-of-view is downright unsettling. But despite its fractured structure and strange perspective, the book somehow manages to interestingly tell Jessie’s story, set in Australia just after WWI. Despite her very hard edges, Collins makes Jessie sympathetic and with the choppy snippets, the pacing is remarkably quick.
As the book gels together, it starts to feel a bit like the novelization of a folk song. This actually adds to the book’s charm, compensating somewhat for the perspective’s instant removal of charm. The author’s note is what really strings the whole book together, and makes the preceding pages all the more meaningful. Having the true resonance of the book lay in the author’s note, steals some of its power and I wish that this information had been better incorporated into the novel itself to really make it shine.