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At times this made me laugh, but mostly it made me think; it felt particularly relevant given the recent spate of UK events that occurred or were reported over on the past few years - I’ve been very fortunate and never been personally impacted by loss of anyone close, so when something such as Grenfell happens, I can only imagine.
Smash All The Windows did an exceptional job of helping me do this. It manages to be heartfelt, heartbreaking (there were tears) as well as incredibly uplifting. I really don’t have the words to say how affecting and relevant and human this novel is. It’s a brilliantly observed and beautifully written tale of the journey from tragedy to, no not resolution or closure; but peace and acceptance.
Every character is clearly, convincingly, sympathetically portrayed. The tragedy is a constant backdrop, but despite it being what has come to define each of the characters, it doesn’t (I have no idea how this was possible to achieve) dominate over the personalities. Some of them I liked more than others, some I admired and most I loved. Eric (with the support of the indomitable Sorrel) digging, researching and some more digging to develop the ‘sequence’ that results in the final inquest. Donovan getting through each day as best he can, knowing that he is marked by all who know him. Gina barely coping as Tamsin supports her, losing her childhood in the process. Maggie whose starling is on the cover and Jules, an artist who creates beauty and meaning from detritus. The concept of the final exhibition is proper genius, worthy of the Tate Modern.
I cannot recommend Smash All The Windows highly enough.
The story begins 20 years after a tragedy and the victims are finally absolved from causing their own deaths...and Davis takes you on a beautiful, albeit sad journey with those left behind and how they cope (or not) with the losses. It weaves seamlessly between the past and present and you feel every emotion along with the characters.