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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird: A Novel Hardcover – March 3, 2020
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“A novel that will make you laugh, cry, and think about the precious gift of being in love.”—Today online
“Bursting with wit and charm . . . heart-wrenching yet hope-filled.”—Woman’s World
“Another irresistible love story.”—The Skimm
“Silver strikes gold for a second time with this tale . . . [and] delivers an ending that’s as rewarding as it is revelatory.”—Electric Literature
“As much a meditation on healing after loss as it is a gently developed love story.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Through lush prose, expert plotting, and richly imagined characters, Silver offers an achingly real portrait of grief transposed with the character’s intoxicating parallel universe. This will stay with readers long after the final page is turned.”—Publishers Weekly
“The Two Lives of Lydia Bird offers wit in abundance, deeply satisfying characterization, and a mega-dose of heart. What a journey these characters take, and what magic this author uses to bring each of them alive. Josie Silver is fresh, insightful, and daring. Her voice is one of rising strength in women’s fiction today.”—Barbara Delinsky, New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Salt Air
About the Author
- Publisher : Ballantine Books (March 3, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593135237
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593135235
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.41 x 1.25 x 9.56 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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I liked this book a lot, but I didn't love it as much as One Day in December. The one thing I didn't love is how much time was spent on "what could have been" life. I was more interested in reading about Lydia's "real" life, where she had to cope with her grief and learn to live without Freddie. I wanted to read more about her relationship with Jonah, to see it grow and develop, especially since it played such a pivotal role in Lydia's story.
I would highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy angsty and emotional love stories and anyone who loved Sliding Doors.
At the start of this book, I worried about the format, and whether or not I would tire of spending so much time flip-flopping between Lydia's two lives...but I was so wrong. This book grabbed me. And side note, I share a birthday with Lydia (so funny!).
This is a fantastic read and I can't wait to loan it to the friend that got me hooked in the first place. So gladI preordered!
Josie Silver has written another heartbreaker that while a romance it also walks us through the stages of grief.
Thinking about One Day in December (I adored it) and The Two Lives of Lydia Bird can you imagine what this talented author will do next.
Nothing of interest really ever happens in this book. Or maybe it was that the characters were so poorly developed and the plot was so loose that I didn’t have any vested interest in what was happening in their lives. And frankly, Freddie isn’t very likeable.
I did push through, because I hate to not finish a book. And I am glad that it is finished now so that I can move on to a more interesting read. I wanted to like it, but it was a disappointment. I can not recommend.
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But she's wrong. Because on her 27th birthday, Freddie dies in a tragic accident.
So now it's just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob 'til her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to live her life well. So, enlisting the help of his best friend and her sister Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world and starts to live - perhaps even to love - again.
Then something unbelievable happens, and Lydia gets another chance at her old life with Freddie. But what if there's someone in her new life who wants her to stay?
The book is written in 1st person - Lydia is our narrator. The chapters are varied ranging from about the 20 minute mark to just 2 minutes. Each chapter is also dated, so you get a sense of time having passed as you read. The chapters are also split into awake and asleep - I'm trying not to ruin anything, but the asleep chapters are "another chance with Freddie chapters". Which I think structures the novel quite well and helps to get used to the other life Lydia is living as you know what to expect. This book deals with several issues, the obvious one being grief and all that entails and in its many forms. But the book doesn't go into any gory or sexy details, its quite a tame read in that respect.
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There is talk of a miscarriage. It doesn't happen to Lydia, it also doesn't go into any explicit details. But it happens to one of the characters and I think that perhaps people would like to know about it.
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I enjoyed this book, I liked Lydia. She was just normal and nice and I could see myself being friends with her in real life. I liked the way she dealt with her grief, I don't think she was ever whiny or woe is me about it. I think she dealt with it remarkably well, even though she was a touch selfish at times. But I think that's natural. I also loved all the other characters, there was no one I disliked. Lydia had some amazing people around her and they all tried their best to help her. It was lovely. I also think the author got grief, I loved how Freddie's death affected everyone, not just Lydia, her mum, sister and brother in law were all grieving too.
There were a couple of things I disliked about the book. I think it was very heavy on the grief side, there wasn't many happy moments in the novel. Which I found a bit disappointing, I was expecting a few, even with the subject matter, but there seemed to be hardly any. Also, the plot was a bit predictable, as soon as a certain character appeared, I knew how it would end. There wasn't really a villain or any tension to the story either, I mean, everyone, everyone around Lydia was nice and there weren't really any bumps in the road. Everything that could have caused an issue was brushed over or resolved very quickly. Which left me feeling a little underwhelmed.
That being said, I did enjoy the book. I found the writing style very easy to read and I liked Lydia and cared enough about her story to want to read to the end.
Another amazing and emotional book from Josie (I absolutely loved one day in December)
This book is so beautifully written and was a perfect companion on a stormy weekend in February!
Lydia bird has just had the unthinkable and has lost the lover of her life. The book resolves around the months following this.
She lives in two different worlds and has to learn to live in both.
I don’t want to give to much away but if you’ve read one day in December you’ll
I fell in love with Lydia Bird and fell further in love with Josie as an author.
Can’t wait for your next book.
We follow Lydia on her journey as she struggles through the various stages of grief and rebuilding. Although I've not had to deal with the death of a partner, I know only too well the pain of losing someone special in my life and like Lydia I knew only too well the pain and despair of trying to get through each day.
The story is narrated through the two stages of the day; 'Awake' when Lydia is mainly getting through the day on auto pilot, living but not really living the life she had planned, and 'Asleep' where she desperately wants to fall into that deep sleep stage where her dreams are filled once again with a life with Freddie still very much alive. This was very much a rose-tinted version of what life could have been like with Freddie and not the warts and all version of who he really was and the little things he did that used to annoy her.
As we all know when dealing with the death of a loved one, it's a slow process and a case of taking one day at a time. And that's what I enjoyed about The Two Lives of Lydia Bird in that the story is told over a period of 18 months, and not just the initial days and months after Freddie's death, so we get to see Lydia rebuilding a new future for herself and become a stronger person as a result of everything she has had to deal with.
Initially I favoured the 'Asleep' sections more even though I knew that this wasn't a healthy situation long-term for Lydia imagining what her life with Freddie could have been like. But over time I began to much prefer the daytime sections of the book as as she took her tentative steps to move forward and rebuild a life for herself without Freddie.
Although this is naturally Lydia's story, the secondary characters all played their part too. From her family, her over-protective mum, sister Elle and her husband, who all want to protect her, to her long-term best friend Jonah who was struggling with his own grief and survivors guilt as he came out of the accident with barely a scratch. As for the Freddie of her dreams, he really was a loveable rouge and you could see why Lydia fell in love with him.
Once again Josie Silver has written another fabulous book and I can't wait to see what she has up her sleeve next!
I absolutely loved Silver's debut novel One Day in December, and was eagerly looking forward to her next. Luckily Silver does not disappoint with this poignantly rendered follow up. The subject matter at the heart of the book is not exactly light or fluffy reading, and to Silver's credit I thought that she handled Lydia's grief sensitively throughout. In truth the book is really about Lydia's journey through her grief, and Silver devises a clever ploy to do so, and I liked how it was left open to the reader as to whether Lydia's alternate reality was real or a way for her sub-conscious mind to deal with and work through her grief.
That being said given the subject nature of the book, some of the chapters did at times make for quite heavy reading, as opposed to something escapist, particularly at the start of the story. Furthermore, given what Lydia was going through, it was understandable that she was not always 100% likeable. At the start of the story I found some of her behaviour towards Jonah in particular a little harsh, however, to Silver's credit, I was always still able to sympathise with Lydia and understand her point of view.
The chapters with Freddie in the alternate universe, which are interspersed throughout the story, helped balance out some of the darker moments, especially at the start of the book and almost felt like an escape for the reader, as well as Lydia. These chapters also allow us to get to know Freddie, who is a likeable and vibrant character, and allow us to appreciate better the relationship that Lydia has lost.
There are a whole host of supporting characters in the story, including Lydia's sister and mum, and I liked the solid family unit that Silver depicted between these three women.
My favourite character, however, was Jonah, Freddie's best friend, who was with him in the accident and is suffering from survivor's guilt. Jonah is quiet and laidback compared to Freddie, keeping his cards close to his chest, however, he's soulful and sweet, his relationship with Lydia complex and rendered really well I thought.
As with One Day in December, Silver tells a compelling story, with characters one comes to care about and with heartache and romance in equal measure. I also liked how she explored the way that Lydia changes after Freddie's death. At the start of the story the chapters with Freddie are very rose-tinted, but as the story goes on, Silver portrays a truer albeit less perfect relationship between Lydia and Freddie, and also shows how Lydia has transformed in her life without Freddie. To her credit, she does this in a way that doesn't lessen Lydia and Freddie's relationship, but rather shows how people move on and evolve, shaped by the events and circumstances around them, and the human spirit's resilience to endure. I think the chapters with Lydia on her own in Croatia captured this well, as she came to an acceptance of who she was, and that though Freddie was gone, she was still here, moving forward.
Did I enjoy it as much as One Day in December, perhaps not quite, with parts of the book a little stretched for me. Nevertheless, it was still highly engaging with another gorgeously romantic ending. I look forward to Silver's next.