When to Walk by Rebecca Gowers

This was a spur of the moment pick at the library.  Set in England, it’s a stream-of-conciousness narrative by a young woman whose husband has just left her.  He’s ended the relationship by saying some pretty vile “truths,” and now she processes what he’s said with reality.  Conversation is difficult for her, though she’s a writer by trade and a lover of words.   Her new neighbors are a mystery, she is crippled with a pelvic ligament causing difficulty walking and great pain, she’s broke, and she really doesn’t have anyone to talk to about her life.  This follows the resulting few days after her husband walks out, and what she decides is necessary in her life.  It drags on a bit in a few places, but mostly it’s interesting; a little like reading a journal.  The tone wasn’t depressing or painful, but thoughtful and humorous.  I’m glad it caught my eye!


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