Thursday, 16 June 2016
Sugar And Snails by Anne Goodwin
Sugar and Snails by Anne Goodwin
Published on the 23rd July 2015
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How I got this book:
Preview copy received from author
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Anne Goodwin kindly got in touch with me via Goodreads last summer to offer a preview copy of her (then) new novel, Sugar And Snails, which I excitedly accepted. I already enjoyed her thoughtful and insightful blog posts so had high hopes for the novel - and I wasn't disappointed!
For reviewing purposes, I am finding it difficult to write freely about the book for the same reason as I had when discussing We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. I came to Sugar And Snails effectively ignorant of the main plot idea and don't want to be the one to give it away to other potential readers. Therefore please excuse my vagueness! I don't think the story would be ruined by advance knowledge, but I definitely appreciated making the discovery myself!
I can wax lyrical about character portrayal and development which are always important to me. Goodwin obviously has a great empathy for Diana whom I did not always like, but continually found myself rooting for. It takes really good writing to pull that off! Her childhood reminiscences were as convincing as her adult life and by the end of the book I fully understood how the child had grown into the woman. I appreciated that the multi-racial cast didn't exist to make any heavy political point, just to reflect Diana's social group.
I did find the abrupt failures to reveal What Happened In Cairo somewhat coy and irritating during the first third of Sugar And Snails. However once once the full tale began to wind and unwind itself, this was a strong and interesting read. It's northern England university setting made a refreshing change from the fictional Oxbridge norm and I loved the flashes of dialect, especially from the children.
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Books by Anne Goodwin / LGBT books / Books from England