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The reader watches Lucas grow throughout the novel as he gains wisdom not only beyond his years, but often beyond the adults in his life (“I kept listening like Grandma told me to, but I was listening to silence. I guess that’s important too”). The presence of his friend Justin grounds Lucas in the normal schemes of little boys, like their building of a doghouse as a way to convince Justin’s parents to get a puppy. In other words, despite Lucas’s extraordinary qualities, Bramwell has created such a vivid, plausible world that the reader embraces his interactions as sharply realistic and therefore more affecting.
The slow unfolding of grandma Josephine’s past – through her halting recollections, Lucas’s persistent questioning, and Mamie’s investigations – keeps the reader engrossed as do the domestic dramas bubbling to surface and the mysterious evocations of distant beach memories. And then there are the nifty plot twists, which shall not be revealed here.
When I Was Seven reverberates with echoes of the past and shimmers with possibilities for the future. Bramwell has created the compelling tale of the loss of a grandmother that is wonderfully life-affirming.
I had read one of Ms. Bramwell’s previous works, Apple of My Eye, which I thought was an excellent novel, so I knew this book would be well-written, but could she pull off writing in a seven-year old’s voice? The answer is a resounding YES. You actually believe you are viewing the world through the eyes of an intelligent and curious young boy as he faces life’s tragedy and challenges. It is a story of perseverance, redemption, friendship, responsibility and, most importantly, love.
It is a book that I wholeheartedly recommend. Because When I Was Seven is so different from Apple of My Eye, Mary Ellen Bramwell shows herself to be a versatile author and I look forward to see what she tackles in her next book.
My only quibble with the book is that I thought the title, while fully descriptive, may do Ms. Bramwell a disservice and may deter some potential readers as they may anticipate the problems I outline above. To them I say: read this book. You will be moved to laughter and to tears and a lot of emotions in between. I believe this book will especially resonate for anybody who grew up close to one or more of their grandparents.