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THERE IS ALWAYS MORE TO SAY by Lynda Young Spiro is not your typical read with its unusual layout and take, on storytelling. Told in the first person we discover a deep and meaningful relationship that has shaped the narrator's life, but as names and gender aren't made obvious throughout this tale, we are never fully sure who the narrator is. The story continues in what can be described as one long conversation one might have with themselves as they recollect the past and the events and people that have shaped them as a person and has had an impact on their life. This is more than just an old flame as the narrator has never lost this deep connection with this other person, even though time, distance, marriage, and kids has separated them for so long.
THERE IS ALWAYS MORE TO SAY by Lynda Young Spiro is a unique and quirky short story with quotes interspersed throughout, and although confusing at some points, is worth a read.
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the author
Also very cleverly is that all of the accompanying cast have androgynous names meaning we don’t know the sex of the friends meaning that the story has to be taken as it is given and no judgements made.
The two characters meet while working in a London cafe in 1984, after a brief relationship, they go back to their lives, with “you” returning to the USA. They only see each other twice in the next 30 years but there is semi-regular contact and it is our narrator’s thoughts and feelings about this friendship that we are taken through.
Now in some ways this sounds like a beautiful and moving friendship, it has survived miles and decades, and I’m sure we can all vouch for the fact that friendships like that are hard to find. On the other hand some of the things that are said in regards to our narrators husband in comparison to this “friend” I found quite wrong, hence my comment above about this book being about fidelity aswell.
I believe there was definitely an emotional affair happening here and I found it very uncomfortable to read someone so oblivious to the fact they were cheating on their partner or not caring. All of the things they said they were getting from their “friend” I get from my Husband and it made me feel very awkward and very sorry for the Husband.
This is obviously a very one-sided story and it’s told like this on purpose. I sometimes wondered if maybe it was just a diary rather than something meant for the “friend” to see. It was very repetitive the way a diary would be with constant reminders of when they met and other facts that we already knew.
It would be interesting for another book to be written with the story from the “friend” perspective because I wonder if things are as they played out in this story. I wonder if our narrator is caught up in a bubble of their own making, the grass is always greener with the first love kind of thing.
This was an interesting book, it’s a short read and gets you thinking.
A huge thanks to Lynda Young Spiro for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
First off, the names of the two main characters are never revealed. They are simply "I" and "you". I'm not sure secondary is the right word to use but the other characters are simply referred to as "Ashley", "Sam", "Alex", and "my husband". I really couldn't connect to any of the characters or care about them because of this.
The entire story is told through letters (or maybe a diary) and retells the meeting and ensuring friendship between the two main characters. We really only know how "I" felt as we don't hear much from the "you" character. Only the occasional text or email back to "I". The story spans thirty years and there is so much repetition of things that is unnecessary. I lost count of how many times it is mentioned that they met in 1984.
This story is about a couple who meet by chance at work and become friends and perhaps there was longing on one person's part to become more. Or at least that's my take on the story. It was interesting to read how the two went from their first meeting to the present day. I wish the author would have gotten into the relationship more instead of repeating things so many times. More depth to the story would have definitely been a plus.
This wasn't a bad story just very different from what I'm used to reading. This is a book I won't soon forget because of this. If you are looking for a book that is not your ordinary type of read then pick this one up. You may be glad you did.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.