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The Pursuit of Ordinary: A Twisting Tale of Modern Life and Mental Health Where Nothing Is What It Seems Kindle Edition
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From the Inside Flap
Cooper has a rare knack for presenting flawed characters in away that makes the reader care about them.Love Reading
The Pursuit of Ordinary is set to be one of the best books of 2018.Lisa Doherty, Book Blogger
From the Back Cover
This novel has a very striking premise which Nigel Cooperexecutes with great skill. He gets under the skin of his charactersand gradually reveals the psychological wheels within wheels ofhis two main characters. A fascinating read.
Jane Lythell, author, The Lie of You, After The Storm, Woman of theHour, Behind Her Back
An author with a truly compelling insight into the human condition.Siobhan Kennedy, Channel 4 News
- ASIN : B07BX3VDPL
- Publisher : Roundfire Books (April 27, 2018)
- Publication date : April 27, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1332 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 321 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1785358065
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,836,175 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Dan, a homeless man, witnessed a car accident that killed Joe, Natalie's husband. Now Dan can't forget seeing Natalie cradle her dying husband, and there is this new voice in Dan's head. Natalie's dead husband, Joe? Dan has to get in touch with Natalie.
In this character-driven tale Nigel Jay Cooper explores pertinent topics relating to mental health, such as grief and loss, homelessness, relationships and abuse.
This author has a genuine talent for creating characters that feel like real people who could be living next door to you. They may not necessarily be characters you particularly like or whose actions you always understand and support, but they feel completely authentic. The dialogue is believable and the plot emotional; sometimes sad but also very funny in parts. It contained some good twists and turns that kept me turning the pages anxiously.
The story is told from three (or perhaps two?) perspectives and my main reason for deducting a star is the slightly repetitive nature of some of the chapters, where we hear Dan's perspective and then are told the same scenario again but from Natalie's point of view. Obviously there are differences in the way Dan and Natalie view their subjective reality, and I understand the different perspectives were required to show that, but it was frustrating reading at times.
I felt this book was way more positive than last year's debut Beat the Rain which floored me and left me shattered by the end of it. This was a lovely, heartfelt story that tackles difficult subjects with sensitivity and without being preachy, and it all leads to a very satisfactory ending. After two very special books, Nigel Jay Cooper is a must-read author for me.
The storyline is compelling and exciting. His narrative beautifully flows and it unfolds chapter by chapter with the right amount of twists and turns. We meet two people struggling with their circumstances. Their lives collide in an unusual way and we become witnesses to their story. I quickly dived into the story and became invested in their universe. There are pain and grief between the pages, but also tenderness and understanding. As someone who works in the mental health field, I thoroughly appreciated how Nigel presented the subject with dignity and respect. It's refreshing to find a story where a person can struggle with mental health but still be worthy of self-agency and love. We need more books like this!
A million thanks to John Hunt Publishing Ltd, and Roundfire Books for the Advanced Reading Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Top reviews from other countries
This novel pulls no punches about mental health and the way in which it can affect relationships. Having said that, it is definitely not a depressing read. It is written with great insight and compassion and some of the conversations between Dan and Joe made me laugh out loud.
This is a novel about relationships and how they can define us. It is about love, loss, the human condition and how we can try and fix each other. I loved it. Do yourself a huge favour and read this book. Finally, I think it would make a tremendous film.
But the story was compelling and thought-provoking
Keeping an eye out for a third book by Nigel Cooper!