comfort of fences

This review is part of a book tour I applied for because of the synopsis, which included family secrets and strong female characters who fight alone in their lives, and you know that’s exactly my cup of tea.

The story begins with the worst news you can imagine: Ruth is dying of cancer and her only daughter, a 52 year old disabled woman called Denise, will be left alone in the world – they have no other relatives.

Ruth has never tried to get financial help for Denise and now she is in a desperate race against the clock in order to get social security benefits. Thank god her best friend, Georgia, also an old woman, has come to help them. Georgia and Ruth are opposite poles, but they can trust one another when crisis come, and that’s exactly what Georgia tries to do this last time for her friend – not only does she help Ruth when disease becomes severe, but she also tries to teach Denise to fend for herself, because Ruth has been extremely overprotective with her daughter. Besides, Denise asks her mother to write down the story she has always hidden from her, about Denise’s father and her childhood, and this is also a very important part of the novel.

The situation we find in the book can’t be more desperate, and even though I felt empathy towards Ruth because of her situation, I couldn’t help but to criticize her for the choices she made in the past regarding Denise. I understand she was alone and scared and she tried to protect Denise from the wicked world out there, but well, in the long run those decisions might be very wrong. This is part of the emotions contained in this book.

The way Ruth tells her story is enjoyable; writing it down for Denise to read it when she is ready for it, but I missed more intensity in the relationship with Denise’s father, particularly at the beginning of their story. Georgia was a great character too: an old but energetic woman who is always ready to give a hand and tell you a couple of things if needed.

But the character I liked most was Denise, without any doubt. She has a remarkable development in the story, and her mental disability is well described in all the passages of the book, for example, when she feels terrified watching a horror film, but instead of changing the channel or turning off the TV, she runs away from the sitting room and shuts herself in her room. I felt very sorry for her because she knows she is going to be alone soon and she tries very hard to do things by herself, although they don’t always turn out right.

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Kindle edition: 266 pages – 3,72$



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